ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AT OHRID’S PLAOSHNIK SITE
The archaeological research works aimed at unearthing the remnants of the St. Kliment's University dating from 9th Century AD continued today at the Plaoshnik locality in Ohrid.
As many as 200 workers are taking part in the excavation works, including 50 archaeology and arts students. Dr. Vera Bitrakova-Grozdanova is in charge of managing the project.
According to the historigraphical data, as many as 3.500 students had attended the oldest known European University in the 9th and 10th Century, which was set up in Plaoshnik by Kliment Ohridski.
The archaeological excavations will go on until August 2007, before the Government announces a public competition for a draft plan on rebuilding of the University, which is foreseen to be completed by 2009.
"To this end, the Government will set apart 6 million euros from the State Budget", PM Nikola Gruevski said today during his visit to Plaoshnik.
"By this project, we will revamp St. Kliment's spirit in the 21st Century", said Pasko Kuzman, the Head of the State Office for Protection of the Cultural Heritage.
"Cultural and scientific centers, icon galleries and a library will be housed in the object, in addition to the archive containing the ancient manuscripts from the Ohrid Museum of Cultural Heritage", Pasko Kuzman added.
MD: Great! This university is said to be the oldest university along with the university of Bologna in Italy and the university of Al Karaouine. These last two are still operating,