Durrës is a city that has always been built and rebuilt on its own.
A city whose existence has been constantly challenged by earthquakes and mass fires. To know the urban evolution of the city from its earliest stages and onwards, the latest archaeological excavations by the Albanian-French expedition bring other evidence of the past of ancient Durrës and the calamities suffered
Catherine Abadie Reynal, French archaeologist: We have managed to capture the Roman levels, two dwellings, one of the century. II and the other of the century. III AD, both destroyed as a result of mass fires, as can be seen. It must be said that especially the apartment of the century. II is very rich as the fire has destroyed everything without allowing the early inhabitants to take their belongings, so there are many finds. Among them and a small bronze statue that was found today and in terms of clothing and movement features may belong to the goddess Artemis, who was an important goddess for the city, we remember her sanctuary in Durres.
Positioned in the archeological zone A of Durrës, in the very early center of the coastal city, the Byzantine Forum of the city proves different phases of the development of the city, while the excavations have penetrated into the earliest layers of this important monument.
Brikena Shkodra, archaeologist: This excavation gave us the opportunity to document one by one all the traces of the transformation that the monument has undergone since the stage of its construction at the beginning of the century. VI and transformations within the monument itself throughout the century. VII when it functioned as a public center and its abandonment from the end of the century. VII and from this period until the century. XIV we have found all traces of reuse of the structures of this monument in various functions in the Middle Ages. The existing walls of the Byzantine Forum have been reused in various forms of housing. ”
Following the excavations, the findings will be subjected to a study phase to shed light on the topography of ancient Dyrrah-Epidamn, including the location of the ancient port as an important landmark for the city.