2021

The seventh archaeological research campaign of the Butrint Project took place between 06th September and 1st October 2021. As per agreements with the Albanian colleagues of the Institute of Archeology of Tirana and the Butrint National Park, this campaign marked the reprise of the excavation after one year stop due to the pandemic, activity on which were focused the great part of the energies and attentions of the Team. The main objective of this year's works was trying to understand how the Acropolis was structured both in the Archaic age and in the Roman-Imperial one. 

The areas involved in the excavation were four:

• Two in proximity to the areas already investigated in 2019, which means on the investigated plateau between Room VI, Room IX and X (reference: Butrint Foundation published plans on Butrint 4), called Area 4 and 5, respectively.

• Two right next to the Medieval wall circuit: one South of Room III and West of Room V, the other at the southern end of Room XI, called Area 6 and 7, respectively. 

Investigations in all four of these areas answered the initial research questions about the Archaic and Imperial life of the Acropolis, bringing with them very promising results that the Team is currently analysing and studying for future workshops and publications. 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. 

At the same time, the Team continued working with the topographical survey of the city. This year it focused on the Archaic walls surrounding the southern slope of the Acropolis, which were freed from vegetation, involved in the topographic and photogrammetric survey using the Laser Scanning method, analysed and described in detail.

This year the Butrint Project team has been engaged in several surveys and tours both in Albania and Greece. Among the sites visited: Phoinike, Malathrea, Cuka e Ajtoit, Dobra, Amantia, Borsh, Kalivo, Dhrovjan, the sanctuary of Dodona.