Intensive archaeological excavations at Skupi site
Wednesday, 30 April 2008

StobiMacedonia's Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski visited Tuesday the Skupi site, where systematic research of the former ancient Roman city kicked off a month ago with financial support provided by the Government.

The excavations will be intensified next week when 120 people will be engaged. Artifacts dating back between the first and sixth century and from the period of early Christianity were unearthed. The archaeological team currently excavates a site where reportedly a church was located.

- The main results are expected in the next several months, this is just the beginning. Skupi is an important site, which was not researched enough in the past. Now we're expecting more important and more attractive results and moments from our history, stated PM Gruevski for the media after visiting the terrain, accompanied by director of Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage Pasko Kuzman and a team from the Museum of Skopje which supervises the excavations.

Gruevski announced financial support from the Government in the field of archaeology in 2009 by investing in 11 essential sites - further uncovering of the city of Philip II - Heraklea, additional research of Stobi, Marvinci near Valandovo, the Vinica Fortress, Isar near Stip, the Tetovo and Skopje Fortress and Stibera (Prilep region).

Skupi is one of the most important archaeological sites in Macedonia and one of the largest late-ancient Roman cities on the Balkans. Its beginnings can be traced back to the first century B.C. 

 




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