41 Tons of Concrete in Butrint National Park

41 Tons of Concrete in Butrint National Park

According to civil society activist Alida Karakushi, during a hearing of the Parliamentary Committee of Education, Media, and Culture yesterday Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro has confirmed that 41 tons of concrete will be poured into the Butrint National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the acropolis near the Venetian Tower. During the session […]

Byzantine Villa Discovered in Durrës

Byzantine Villa Discovered in Durrës

According to news outlet Amfora, archeologists have discovered the remains of a luxurious Byzantine villa from the 7th century in the courtyard of a private house in Durrës. Excavations, held in the context of the project “Durrës during Late Antiquity” have revealed a pillar of 3.5 m and a surface paved with marble, which is […]

TAP Construction Halted after Archeological Finds

TAP Construction Halted after Archeological Finds

The construction of the Trans-Atlantic Pipeline (TAP) has been halted after the construction contractor discovered a “wealth of ceramics” neat the village of Turan in Korça. In a statement on its website, TAP declared: According to the preliminary assessment undertaken by TAP Cultural Heritage experts, this is an open-air settlement spanning from the early Iron Age (10th – […]

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

The Court of Durrës has today suspended all the work of the urban regeneration project on Veliera Square in Durrës. On February 16, the Administrative Court decided on a partial suspension of the work after archeological discoveries were made on the building site. In violation of this order, however, the Municipality of Durrës continued construction […]

Durrës Citizens Protest Against Destruction of Archeological Heritage

Durrës Citizens Protest Against Destruction of Archeological Heritage

Citizens from Durrës, civil society activists, and archeologists protested yesterday against the “Veliera” urban renewal plan, and the destruction of cultural heritage and the city’s identity. The construction works for the urban renewal plan on the Veliera Square in Durrës have been temporarily halted, after the foundations of several centuries-old construction were found during excavation […]