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Salamandrija on Palagruža: site formation from the Early Neolithic to the present day

Mise, M; Barbaric, V; Zec, A; Kirigin, B; (2019) Salamandrija on Palagruža: site formation from the Early Neolithic to the present day. Vjesnik za Arheologiju i Povijest Dalmatinsku (In press).

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Abstract

The authors are presenting the results and interpretation of archaeological excavations spanning two decades on the small island of Palagruža situated in the centre of the Adriatic Sea. Palagruža attracted the attention of researchers when the cult site of the Greek hero Diomedes was discovered in 1994. However, archaeological excavations yielded numerous artefacts and architectural remains, which have shown that Palagruža was visited in different historic periods, in Early Neolithic and the Late Copper/Early Bronze Age, from the Archaic to Early Roman Imperial Period, in Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages and from the 19th century to the present. Analysis of the archaeological artefacts unearthed on Palagruža has shown that this small island was utilized for different purposes: it was used as a staging post, an orientation and observation point, a sacred place, a fort and as a lighthouse. The interpretation of cultural layers presented here demonstrates that Palagruža was in the focus during the main turning points in human history, testifying to its importance in Adriatic and Mediterranean seaborne traffic. // Autori donose rezultate i interpretaciju dvaju desetljeća arheoloških iskopavanja na Palagruži, otočiću koji se smjestio na sredini Jadrana. Palagruža je privukla pozornost istraživača kada je godine 1994. ondje otkriveno svetište grčkog junaka Diomeda. No arheološka iskopavanja iznjedrila su brojne artefakte i arhitektonske ostatke koji pokazuju da je Palagruža bila posjećivana u različitim povijesnim razdobljima: ranom neolitiku i kasnom bakrenom/ranom brončanom dobu, od arhajskog do ranorimskog carskog razdoblja, u kasnoj antici, ranom srednjem vijeku te od 19. stoljeća do danas. Analiza arheoloških artefakata iskopanih na Palagruži pokazala je da je ovaj mali otok korišten u različite svrhe: služio je kao odmorište, orijentacijska točka i promatračnica, svetište, utvrda i svjetionik. Ovdje iznesena interpretacija kulturnih slojeva pokazuje kako je Palagruža bila u žarištu kada su se događali glavni preokreti u povijesti čovječanstva, što dokazuje njezinu važnost u pomorskom prometu na Jadranu i Sredozemlju.

Type: Article
Title: Salamandrija on Palagruža: site formation from the Early Neolithic to the present day
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Adriatic Sea, Palagruža, Salamandrija, stratigraphy, seaborne traffic // Jadran, Palagruža, Salamandrija, stratigrafija, pomorski promet
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064888
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