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NEWSLETTER PCMA 2015

Late Roman, Byzantine and Medieval

Marea

Basilica project

Dates of work: 14 October–23 November 2015

Team:

Director: Krzysztof Babraj, archaeologist (Archaeological Museum in Krakow)

SCA representative: Eslam Tailon

Archaeologists: Anna Drzymuchowska, ceramologist (Archaeological Museum in Krakow), Anna Mędrala, student (Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University), Dominika Majchrzak (Archaeological Museum in Krakow)

Architect: Daria Tarara, chief architect (freelance)

(Joint description of seasons 2014 and 2015)

The southern aisle of the basilica and the southern entrance to the church was explored in 2014. A bone-crafting workshop was located by the outside wall, yielding 230 semi-finished products for the making of beads, appliqués, buttons etc. A courtyard paved with marble led onto a street with a sewage system that received water directly from the baptistery located in this part. A room directly next to the baptistery was paved with marble tiles in the opus sectile technique, including ones in the shape of human hands. A semicircular niche in its east wall may have housed the bishop’s throne. A later installation in the southern aisle, associated with thick layers of burning in the fill, consisted of a brick-built vaulted structure which may have been a bread-baking oven.

[Text: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 25]

Contact
K. Babraj: Krzysztof.Babraj@ma.krakow.pl