Roman necropolis found during construction works

An archaeological site was uncovered in Trogir (Croatia) as workers found the remains of Roman urns during the expansion of a private parking lot in the area of Put Dragulina, a street located in the path of the former ancient Roman road that used to lead to the Trogir hinterland. The workers uncovered a number of graves along the northern and eastern side of the foundations, with 4 stone urns and several tombstones left intact. A glass balsamary was found in one of the urns while a bronze needle was found among the bones in the second urn. It is believed several graves were destroyed during construction works and material was taken to a dump site due to the fact that the owner, who stopped the works and notified the local Heritage Office, was not present when construction works started.

Excavations at the site (by Total Croatia News)
Excavations at the site (by Total Croatia News)

Until today, a total of 18 graves were found and since the archaeologists are still on location, they expect to find a few more. Great density of graves on this site is confirmed by the remains visible in the profile of the excavated wall foundation where three more graves were noticed by the scientists.

Excavations at the site (by Total Croatia News)
Excavations at the site (by Total Croatia News)

The discovery is one of the oldest so far in the wider Trogir area that contains Roman graves and the found material can be dated back to the 1st century AD. The artefacts will expand the existing Archaeological collection exhibited within the Trogir Museum, the city that was known as Tragurium in the Roman Period.

Excavations of the necropolis (by Total Croatia News)
Excavations of the necropolis (by Total Croatia News)

(after Total Croatia News)

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