Recent Results on the Triangular Fortress by the Vivari Channel, Butrint

Ilir Parangoni


The archaeological site of Butrint, ancient Buthrotum, lies on the eastern side of the Straits of Corfu, in southeast Albania. It overlooks one of the great sea-routes of pre-modern times, linking the eastern Mediterranean with Venice as well as Sicily. In 1386, Butrint was purchased by the Venetians together with the island and fortress of Corfu, from the Angevin dynasty of southern Italy. In this new arrangement, it became an outpost of Corfu in mainland until 1797. During four centuries of Venetian domination in Butrint, numerous buildings and fortifications were built. A small castle consisting of one tower was built on the acropolis, which was linked to a complete renewal of the town’s circuit of fortifications. A new port was put up on the west side of the city, several towers were built or improved upon and a network of villages and pathways were plotted in the surrounding area of the old site of Butrint. One of the most significant
buildings belonging to this period is the so-called triangular fortress. In this report, we will discuss the results of trial excavations carried out at this monument during summer 2014.

Keywords: fortress, Italian mission, Butrint, construction phases, trenches, pottery, etc.

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