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A new Byzantine fortification on Veliki Sikavac islet of the island of Pag*
; Arheološki muzej Zadar, Zadar, Hrvatska
; Oddelek za arheologijo Filozofska fakulteta Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenija
Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (41 MB)
Gluščević, S., Grosman, D. (2015). A new Byzantine fortification on Veliki Sikavac islet of the island of Pag*. Diadora : glasilo Arheološkog muzeja u Zadru, 29.(29.), 121-150. Preuzeto s http://hrcak.srce.hr/162413
Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (41 MB)
Gluščević, S., Grosman, D. (2015). Nova bizantska utvrda na otočiću Veliki Sikavac kod otoka Paga*. Diadora : glasilo Arheološkog muzeja u Zadru, 29.(29.), 121-150. Preuzeto s http://hrcak.srce.hr/162413
During two short excavation campaigns in 2013 and 2014, carried
out by the employees of Archaeological Museum Zadar and
Department of Archaeology of the Faculty of Arts of the University
in Ljubljana, parts of a large fortiﬁcation were discovered
on the islet of Veliki Sikavac oﬀ Vlašić on the island of Pag. It is a
square structure located on the islet’s steep slope and deﬁned by
walls 1.80m wide. Six prominent towers can be seen in the fortiﬁcation’s corners and in the middle sections of the northeastern
and southwestern perimeter walls. The excavations on the inner
plateau resulted in the discovery of approx. ﬁfty spatial units that
had been used as garrison quarters, warehouses and workshops.
Based on the architectural features and pottery found, it was conﬁrmed that the complex was a Byzantine fortiﬁcation – one of numerous similar fortiﬁcations built on Croatian coast and islands
during Justinian’s reconquest in the 6th century.
Remains of a small single-naved church, poorly preserved,
can be found underneath the fortiﬁcation. For the time being,
the church is dated to Middle Ages. The scarce remains found behind
its apse make us believe it was built on the site of an earlier
structure. The ﬁnds of small fragments of glazed pottery from the
second half of the 15th century and ﬁrst half of the 16th century
indicate that the islet was inhabited until the early Modern Age.
As for the ﬁfteen or so elongated and recessed stone piles
found on the slope underneath the fortiﬁcation, it is believed
they are the remnants of small dwellings.
The paper also includes aerial photographs of other Byzantine
fortiﬁcations on the island of Pag and of those in Podgorje
– the region at the foot of Velebit Mountain opposite the island.
Veliki Sikavac; island of Pag; Byzantine fortiﬁcation
Hrčak ID: 162413
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