An international team, co-directed by a University of Southampton archaeologist, has made a significant discovery at an underwater location in Albania revealing that the submerged remains of a major ancient fortress and port are far larger than previously known.
The archaeological site of Triport, near the modern port of Vlora in the country, has been studied before, but divers have now found an additional eight acres of submerged structures, adding to known remains of approximately 12 acres.
The results suggest Triport was a harbour for a large settlement during the Roman period, perhaps associated with the ancient city of Aulon (now Vlora). Triport offered ships safe anchorage in both the sea and Narta Lagoon, and connected to ancient cities like Aulon and Apollonia through major Roman roads. The site was first explored in the 20th century, with further study in the early 2000s.
Expedition members also assessed submerged cities and harbour structures along the Albanian coast in Butrint and Orikum.
The expedition, directed by Neritan Ceka of the Albanian Institute of Archaeology and Peter Campbell of the University of Southampton and Albanian National Coastal Agency, has collected scientific data from one of the Mediterranean's most dynamic regions. A team of 14 international researchers worked with the Albanian National Coastal Agency (Agjensia Kombėtare e Bregdetit) with the overall aim of assessing the coastal environment and underwater cultural heritage.
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