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The discovery of an ancient settlement in Albania spanning more than a millennium has put the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline on hold.
The site was found during work to clear the route for the pipeline in the village of Turan, near Korca in southeastern Albania, TAP, the company building the pipeline, announced Wednesday. Work is expected to resume within a month, after a rescue operation is completed, The Associated Press cites the company as saying.
TAP cultural heritage experts said ceramics found at the site indicate it was occupied from the early Iron Age in the 10th and ninth centuries BC to the late Roman period of the fourth to sixth centuries AD, the Tirana Times reports.
“Our teams continue to monitor and recover all cultural heritage elements across our route, in line with our cultural heritage management plan, EU legislation and industry best practice,” TAP’s senior advisor for cultural heritage, Neil Fairburn, said.
More than 30 archeologists and cultural heritage experts monitor work along the pipeline route, which will eventually stretch from Azerbaijan to Italy.
Last year TAP contractors turned up an ornately carved capital from a sixth-century limestone column in southern Albania.
“The TAP discoveries unveil the rich cultural heritage in Albania, a gateway to the Mediterranean boasting a mix of Illyrian, Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations,” the Tirana Times says.
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