Stobrec - Epetion
Institut za arheologiju u Zagrebu and Department of Archaeology Graz
Tina Neuhauser, PhD – Marina Ugarković, MA
Ancient Epetion/um, Stobreč today, was situated on a very favorable geographical and strategically position on the East Adriatic coast, 5 km southeast from the modern city of Split. Epetion was founded on a rocky peninsula, encompassing an area of about 4.5 ha. The advantageous position of Epetion was emphasized by its easy defendable, good harbor, and fertile fields next to the river.
The importance of Epetion, which was founded by ancient Greeks at the end of 3rd century BC, lies in the fact that besides Tragurion, today Trogir, it is the oldest urban settlement of Croatian mainland. Tragurion has been overbuilt by the medieval and modern city, whereas Epetion has developed into a modern coastal settlement, where archaeological excavations and research work is still possible. Despite the importance of Epetion for ancient history of the area and current cultural heritage of Croatia, its fate in research terms has been rather unfortunate. Up until now, Epetion was never subjected to methodological and structured research, nor have any systematic archaeological excavations ever been undertaken on this site or a research project that seriously dealt with this subject. It is of crucial importance to investigate the cultural heritage of Greek and Roman Stobreč, which is preserved until today. Therefore, this project aims to solve pertinent research questions that surround ancient Epetion by means of interdisciplinary work that will include for the first time systematic archeological excavations. Given the uniqueness of this site, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to unfold the testimony of Greek presence and influence on Croatian mainland.
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