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Excavation

  • Prehistoric settlement of Sovjan
  • Sovjan
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  • Albania
  • Qarku i Korçës

Summary (English)

  • This archaeological season began by cleaning the channel, which due to seasonal rain was filled with water up to the level of 814.05m. The accumulated water enabled us to assemble and analyze the organic remains in the site. The main intentions of this season were: a) defining the sequences, plan and construction technique of the wooden structure revealed in the A7-A10 sectors, and also clarifying the relative chronology of the conserved remains inside them and in the so-named “The Channel House”; b) to finish the archaeological documentation of the previously excavated bronze age levels, and to verify their chronology. Therefore, two sondages were undertaken in the sectors A (south – west) and B (north-west). In the sector A an area of 4 m to the southern track was excavated, formed by the relation of the sectors A10, A10b, A9, A9b, and A7, hoping to find the southern wall of the “Channel House”, and also to define the length of this building. To this sondage was given the number A7b, which revealed a wooden structure of the Late Bronze Age. From it, only the half of the eastern side was excavated. An area of 2 × 2 m was excavated to the side of the channel in the sector B, half-way between sectors A10 and B2. The aim was to clean the lower layers, in order to define the chronology and have a complete view of its material culture. The excavation revealed interesting baking structures which date to the Middle and Late Bronze age. The archaeological material is represented by pottery objects, organic remains, millstones etc.

Director

  • Gilles Touchais - Université de Paris I
  • Petrika Lera - Instituti i Arkeologjisë Tiranë, Departamenti i Prehistorisë (Albanian Institute of Archaeology, Department of Prehistory)

Team

  • China Shelton - Boston Univeristy
  • Cécile Oberweiler - Université Paris I
  • Béatrice Szepzetyski - Laboratoire Analyses Expertises Archéologie Oeuvres Art, Bordeaux
  • Florenc Cenolli - Muzeu Arkeologjik i Korçës (Archaeological Museum of Korça)
  • Susan E. Allen - University of Boston

Research Body

  • Instituti Arkeologjik Tiranë (Albanian Institute of Archaeology)
  • Université De Paris I

Funding Body

  • Ministre des Affaires étrangères

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