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Excavation

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

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Summary (English)

  • The excavations for this season in the ancient theatre were located in three areas: the terracing walls, the scaena and the orchestra. The excavations in the terraced area clarified its construction, and uncovered the lower part of the western wall which was used as a supporting wall for the terracing. Toward the east several interruptions were noticed in the wall, which are related to two entrances, each 2 m wide.
    Discoveries in the scaena area were very important, revealing three doorways which were used to pass from the scaena to the proscaenium. The middle doorway was higher then the other two. Excavation of the pulpitum wall was also concluded, uncovering the terminal part of the eastern side.
    In the area between the scaena and the pulpitum, a sculpture base was discovered with a completely invisible inscription that might have been dedicated to a Roman imperator, possibly Nero. In the area of the orchestra, important finds included several stone slabs and a statue head with female features.
    Beneath abandonment layers part of the diazoma, prohedria or drainage channel were discovered. A sondage along the northern wall of the pulpitum showed that it had cut through one Roman and three Hellenistic layers. The excavations indicated that the reconstruction of the Roman scaena was undertaken on earlier Roman makeup layers.

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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