Institution Stobi, R. of N. Macedonia)
Saturday, May 07, 2022
at 1 pm New York (EDT),
6 pm London, UK (GMT),
8 pm Sofia, Bulgaria (EET)
event will last approximately 90 mins including Q&A.
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The ancient city of Stobi
located at the confluence of rivers Axios and Erigon in the northern part of
the Roman Province of Macedonia flourished from the time of Augustus until late
6th or early 7th century when it was abandoned. The
systematic excavations conducted at the site over the past 100 years have
revealed a prosperous city with lavishly decorated public buildings, private
residences and rich moveable finds which provided an extensive data for its history,
urban development and various aspects of everyday life.
Several burial sites were
also excavated at different locations outside and within the city walls,
providing evidence for burial practices of ancient Stobenses. The majority date
to the Roman and Late Roman periods, except for a small Hellenistic cemetery
discovered below the Late Antique residences House of Peristeria and Domus
Fullonica and small medieval cemetery found above the Civil Basilica.
The 2840 graves excavated
so far show a variety of grave types and constructions, burial rituals and
grave offerings. Those dated between the Augustan period and the late 4th
century are located at the West Cemetery, while later burials from the 5th
and 6th centuries were concentrated around extra mural churches and along the southwest and northwest
fortification. A group of 4th century burials found above the ruins
of the Building with Arches inside the city walls as well as graves of infants
or juveniles buried below the floors of the 6th century houses require
further investigations to be properly explained.