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The town of Pag, founded in 1443, had been planned symmetrically according to the principles of Mediterranean urbanism with the main square and a net of parallel streets. A part of this harmony is transferred in the needle work of the women of Pag. The unique beauty of the lace tells a story about the island of its origin, and the centuries' long wish of its people to preserve this beauty.

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Thursday 22 Nov 2018
Archaeological researches

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The region of the island of Pag is a rich archaeological site, all the way from Lun to Fortica. The town of Pag itself is a very interesting archaeological site, especially the old centre and Stari grad, abandoned in the 15th century. Some traces of a shipwreck from the antique times are found in the cove Santiš. The proves of the existence of a well-arranged harbour are discovered in the offshore zone of the village Košljun.

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The oldest under-sea discovery is an amphora from the 3rd century BC, found not far from the island Maun, to the west of Pag. Some amphorae and their parts, the remains of a shipwreck, are found on the bottom of the sea near the cape Prutna. One of the more interesting discoveries is a stone pillar in Košljun, which is believed to be a part of the former harbour. The other important discovery is the excavation of a brick-kiln near the village Dinjiška, on the right side of the road leading towards Zadar. The historian Smiljan Glušćević claims this kiln consisted of two semicircular fireboxes and a space for baking whose shape (round or square) was impossible to establish. It is assumed that this kiln was 3,5 meters deep.

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In the area of the submerged Caska, among the very many findings of pottery and similar objects, an oil-lamp with the portrait of Heraklo was discovered. The remains of the ceramics originating from the northern Africa were discovered in the bay of Pag. These archaeological finds belong to the group of "ceramics with the thicken inside rim" from the 2nd-3rd century AD. Numerous remains of the pottery have been found in the area around Pag, some of them in the most unusual places, like on the top of a hill, for example. Another rich pottery site is in the shallow sea on Bašaca, northern part of the town of Pag. These finds of the pottery speak of the regular merchant connections that existed between Pag and the North African harbours, from the 3rd century BC to the 4th century AD. The shipwrecks, some of them explored, some not, also testify of the merchant connections.

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The remains of the foundations discovered in the area of Stari grad lead to the conclusion this settlement had existed already in the ancient times. Some remains of arms, tools and household items from Liburnian times have been found in Lokunja. Numerous archaeological finds on the island are the evidences of liveliness in this area and of the importance of Pag not only in the period of the Roman Empire (Caska), but before and after that as well.


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