General view of the archaeological area, Area 4 visible on the left

The fifth archaeological research campaign on the site took place between 29 May and 24 June 2019 and, as per agreements with the Albanian colleagues of the Institute of Archeology of Tirana and the Butrint National Park, focused on two different targets.

First of all, the stratigraphic excavation of the southern plateau of the Acropolis, near the Archaic wall, in the area between the Venetian Castle and the Acropolis Basilica. The area had already been investigated several times, initially by the Greek-Albanian Mission led by A. Nanaj and K. Hadzis (1991-1995) and subsequently by the Butrint Foundation (2006 and 2009). The research covered four areas:

  • Area 1, in correspondence with Room IX and VIII of the plan published by the Butrint Foundation; 
  • Area 2, near the internal facade of the medieval wall that surmounts the archaic masonry; 
  • Area 3, in correspondence with Room VII; 
  • Area 4, in correspondence with Room VI. 

The first three areas were only partially excavated, in particular Areas 2 and 3, in order to trace those structures that had already been identified by the previous campaigns, as well as, when possible, not-compromised stratigraphies on the bedrock.

Area 4 was the only one interested with new excavations, as it had been only partially dug by the Butrint Foundation. At the end of the excavation  some protective interventions were carried on the most damaged walls, whose conservation was at risk, in order to preserve the structures. 

A second important part of the campaign involved the topographic and photogrammetric survey using the Laser Scanner method of both the Walls in the stretch between the Roman Forum and the so-called Tower Gate, and the Walls along the southern slope of the acropolis, the so-called Archaic wall.

During the campaign, a small group took part in a study trip visiting the sites of Pyrgos Ragiou, Dymokastro, Elea, Doliani and the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa.