DONATION BY ITALIAN GOVERNMENT FOR SKUPI
A project for demarcation of the archaeological site of Skupi outside Skopje has started these days. The project is being carried out with donation by the Italian government, which has allotted 130,000 euros for this phase. The project will cover 50,000 square meters of the site.
“The money is intended for physical cleaning of the site from waste left by a former waste dumping company, MIG. The site will then be enclosed with a modern and safe 1,300-meter long fence. Illumination along the perimeter will be set and the site will finally be arranged with footpaths and horticulture, said Lence Jovanovska of the Museum of Skopje, the head of the project. One of the major archaeological sites in the Balkans, Skupi has been also entered in the capital investments of the government for this year.
Thus, serious archaeological and exploration works in the site are expected. According to findings so far, there was continuous life in the settlement from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age and the Renaissance under the Romans to the 10th century, or in total 3000 years.
MD: Nice! Italy is very involved in Macedonian archeology. An intense cooperation started some years ago when Italians called up Macedonian archeologists for the finding of King Perseus, the last Macedonian king, in Rome.
Update I 30/02/08 22:01 : Some question are being raised by some of the website visitors, because of the name "Skupi" in this article. First of all, Skupi is the name of the archeological site, as written above, it's located near Skopje and both names are mentioned in the article. Second, the calling of the archeological site by the name "Skupi" has nothing to do with the fact that Albanians and Turks call the city of Skopje today. The name Skupi for the archeological site is just the name of the ancient Roman town of Skupi (Flavia Scupi), of which the remains have been found at this archeological site. Click at the links below to learn more...