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Heraclea Lyncestis Excavation Project – Macedonia

December 8, 2007

MosaicHERACLEA LYNCESTIS (founded in the 4th century B.C. by Philip of Macedon and conquered by the Romans two centuries later) was one of the key urban centers on Via Egnatia road connecting Rome and Asia Minor in Antiquity.

Excavations have revealed several sections of the fortification wall on the acropolis and two basilicas in the main part of the town. Both basilicas have well-preserved mosaics from the 5th, and 6th century A.D., depicting geometric and figured patterns. The most interesting of the mosaics, remarkable for its size and decoration structure was found in the narthex of the large basilica – the rectangle framework (110 sq.m) contains 36 octagonal panels with images of fishes, water birds and mythological figures; the panels are linked by intricate meanders. Excavations near both basilicas have uncovered 4th, and 5th century A.D. streets and buildings. Mosaics cover the floors of several private and public buildings near the basilicas.

A large part of the ancient theater, built on the slopes of the acropolis in the 2nd century A.D., has been excavated and the auditorium has been recently restored.

 FIELD SCHOOL

This project is a training field school for people looking to get experience in all aspects of survey and excavation and is suitable for beginners and volunteers

Dates: 16 – 30 July 2008

Cost: Euro 899

Website:  http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh2007.hlexc.html

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