EXCAVATIONS AT ROMAN FORUM, STOBI
The Museum of Macedonia is resuming a scientific-research project in the Roman Forum at the ancient settlement of Stobi. Archaeological research will be carried out in two phases in May-June and August-October respectively.
Excavations in the Roman Forum started in 2003. The whole structure, around 800 square meters, has been encompassed with the excavation and has been opened to up to 5.5 meters in height. The building was erected in the 2nd century and actively functioned in the third century as well. Two new structures in service of the first one have been unearthed so far.
Excavations are centred to the interior of the building, and work in the area to the east of the inner town wall is starting this year. A spacious room with floor mosaics has been found there.
The second phase will involve Italian and Palestinian mosaic and architectural decorative plastics experts. Together with Macedonian experts, they will start preparations for reconstruction, conservation and presentation of the structure as a whole.
Excavations this year are funded by CISS Foundation in Palermo, Italy. They will be conducted by a professional team of the Museum of Macedonia led by Mila Surbanovska. The team also includes Antonio Jakimovski, Goran Sanev, Kostadin Sazdov, Miroslav Dimovski and Petar Rizov.
MD: Macedonia has much cooperation with Italy in the field of archeology!