Butrint: The Past, Present, and Future of an Albanian Archaeological Site
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This Senior Individualized Project is based on my experience excavating in Butrint, Albania in the summer of 2010, under field supervisor Valbona Hysa. I excavated at this site as a student enrolled in the Butrint Field School, an archaeological field training school designed for international and Albanian students. Working from July 4th to July 24th, I completed 135 hours of practical experience in applying archaeological methodology to the excavation and post-excavation process. The excavation took place on the Vrina Plain, located across the Vivari Channel and opposite the acropolis of Butrint. This area was a suburb of Butrint during the Roman period, as revealed by the monumental buildings, townhouses with intricate mosaic floors, and bathhouses, all found arranged within a gridded street system. The excavations in 2010 were an expansion of the excavations of the summer of 2009 carried out in the eastern area of the plain. Found in the 2009 excavation were a mausoleum, a Roman villa, a bathhouse, and several inhumations. Our team reopened these sections, expanded upon them with a new section, and opened another new section adjacent to the 2009 section.