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Number 6, Volume II, March / April 2010

Carevi Kuli

Zoran Rujak

The archaeological excavations at the Carevi Kuli (Tsar's Towers) site in 2009 were performed at several positions in order to finalize the excavations of the cultural layers in the south-eastern and central plateau, a part of the north-western plateau and the necropolis in the Southern hill sector (Juzen rid). This time, we have directed the excavations on the buildings (and their contents) from the Middle Ages, the Early Byzantine period, Late Antiquity, the Roman period, the Hellenistic period, the period of Classical Antiquity and Prehistory (Early Chalcolithic and Middle Bronze Age). We have investigated an area of about 3654 m². Along the numerous medieval buildings, we have also discovered remains of buildings from the Roman period and Late Antiquity. We have investigated the extension of the south-eastern defense wall as well as the defense towers from the Late Antiquity, discovering a very important find: four pits with large dimensions which gave impressive material from the 5th-4th century BC, enriching our knowledge on the Classical Antiquity in this region.

We have also excavated a part of necropolis in the Southern hill sector (Juzen rid) where we have unearthed a rich quantity of artifacts – testimonies of the social status and the cultural achievements of the populations which inhabited present-day Strumica during the Hellenistic, Late Antique, Early Byzantine and Medieval period.

One of the most interesting finds was a hoard with 4300 medieval coins from the second half of 12th and the first half of the 13th century, time with strong reflections on the history of Tsar's Towers. During the excavations we have discovered more then 1600 artifacts which illustrate the life and culture at the site of Tsar's Towers. Some of these artifacts were presented at this exhibition.

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

Carevi Kuli


Strumica (Zoran Rujak)

Findings from the Archaeological Site - Carevi Kuli

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