Saturday Scholar Series: “Caesar’s Legacy at Butrint: Archaeological Discoveries From Current Excavations in the Heart of the Ancient City”

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Location: Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium

“Caesar’s Legacy at Butrint: Archaeological Discoveries From Current Excavations in the Heart of the Ancient City”

David Hernandez, Assistant Professor and Director of the Butrint Archaeological Research Project, Department of Classics

Excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint in Albania have led to the discovery of the city’s Roman forum, the monumental town square that was built nearly 2,000 years ago as the centerpiece of a Roman colony founded by Julius Caesar. The archaeological expedition has unearthed significant public buildings and a broad range of material evidence, from sculptures and inscriptions to animal bones and seeds, that help piece together the story of the city’s complex urban development from the 5th century B.C. to modern times.