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Excavation

  • Theatre of Phoinike
  • Finiq
  • Phoinike
  • Albania
  • Qarku i Vlorës
  • Delvinë District

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Summary (English)

  • In 2001 the University of Bologna, in collaboration with the Albanian Institute of Archaeology, began an excavation in the area of the ancient theatre at Foinike to collect data relating to the theatre and to define its typology. The excavations were located mainly in the southern area of the monument: the area of scaenae frons, the frontal part of the scaena, the pulpitum wall and the area to the east of the hyposcaenium. During the season a series of constructions were discovered, including the scaenae frons wall, which was built with quadrangle tiles bonded with lime mortar. Approximately 4 m. to the east of scaenae frons, the frontal wall of the pulpitum was revealed, preserving little of its construction elements. To the west side of the hyposcaenium the remains of a drainage channel were discovered, used to collect rainfall from the area of the orchestra. To the north of the pulpitum wall, the northern wall of the scaenae frons was also discovered, measuring about 3 m high. Later interventions to this wall were recorded, especially in layers 100, 109, 110 and 104. The archaeological material comprises mainly pottery, especially black glazed.

Director

  • Sandro De Maria - Università degli Studi di Bologna, Dipartimento di archeologia
  • Shpresa Gjongecaj - Albanian Institute of Archaeology

Team

  • Riccardo Villicich - Universita degli Studi di Bologna

Research Body

  • Instituti Arkeologjik Tiranë (Albanian Institute of Archaeology)
  • Università degli Studi di Bologna

Funding Body

  • Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Italia

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