Late Antiquity Revealed: Assessing Urban Change at Roman Nedinum in Northern Dalmatia, Croatia

Author(s): Gregory Zaro; Martina Celhar; Igor Borzic

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

In 2015, the Nadin-Gradina Archaeological Project (NGAP) began as a collaborative effort between the University of Zadar and University of Maine to unravel the long-term record of urban change in the Ravni Kotari region of northern Dalmatia, with a primary focus on the Nadin-Gradina archaeological site. Since its inception, the NGAP has confirmed a 2,500-year record of occupational settlement that includes Liburnian Iron Age origins, Roman establishment of the municipium Nedinum, and Late Antique settlement of the late 3rd through late 6th centuries. Following an apparent centuries-long period of abandonment, the hilltop town was reestablished during the Late Medieval and Venetian/Ottoman eras. In this paper, we present new archaeological evidence for the Late Antique settlement, a relatively underexplored period in archaeological studies of urban change in the Classical world, particularly among smaller provincial settlements. Drawing upon the results of our recent excavations, we review architectural and artifactual data in a regional context to offer insight into the broader debate of urban decline vs. transformation that so often characterizes Late Antique studies.

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Late Antiquity Revealed: Assessing Urban Change at Roman Nedinum in Northern Dalmatia, Croatia. Gregory Zaro, Martina Celhar, Igor Borzic. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449805)

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min long: -10.151; min lat: 29.459 ; max long: 42.847; max lat: 47.99 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 25999