Con testi di Corinna Bagato, Fulvio Baudo, Diego Calaon, Erica D’Amico, Speranza Fresia, Sauro Gelichi, Elena Grandi, Aleks Pluskowski, Krish Seetah, Mladen Zagarčanin, e di Claudio Capelli, Sheila Hamilton-Dye.
In autumn 2005 a second campaign of archaelogical research on the site of Stari Bar has been carried out. In agreement with the Montenegrin authorities (Museum of Bar – Town of Bar) the archaeological project involved the collaboration of the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice and Primorska University in Koper (Slovenia). While the team directed by prof. Mitja Gustin studied Ottoman pottery from the Museum and the storage area of the site of Bar, the team under my direction worked together with Mladen Zagarčanin of the Museum of Bar on the implementation of the archaeological research at the site. In this volume, a part of the results of that campaign are published.
This book, like the first one on Stari Bar, remains a collection of papers. A group of articles focus on topics connected with the areas excavated in 2005 (UTS 45, UTS 112 and UTS 8b), a paper presents the archaeozoological analysis of context from the trench of 2004 (UTS 161) and another one gives a wide overview of stoneworking in Bar through the centuries. An article then aims to give a preliminary interpretation of the settlement sequence of the area, through the collation of new data and pre-existing archaeological knowledge.
The team of 2005, under my direction, was constituted by Corinna Bagato, Fulvio Baudo, Diego Calaon, Erica D’Amico, Cristina Falla, Speranza Fresia, Alessandro Gasparin and Elena Grandi of the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice; by Mladen Zagarcanin of the Museum of Bar; by Aleksander Pluskowski and Krish Seetah of the University of Cambridge; by Milos Petrivecic of the University of Beograd.
The project was funded by the European Union (Culture 2000. The Heritage of Serenissima), the Ministero degli Esteri Italiano (MAE) and by Region Veneto. In this occasion we want to express our gratitude to those that have helped and supported this mission also in 2005. For the Montenegrin side the Minister of Culture Mrs Vesna Kilibarda, the Chief of Cultural Heritage Mr Slobodan Mitrovic, the Mayor of the Municipality of Bar in 2005 Mrs Anka Vojvodic, the director of the Center for Culture of Bar Mr Milun Lutovac, the curator of the Museum of Bar Mr Vladislav Kasalika and the conservator of the archaeological area of Bar Mr Omer Perocevic. For the Italian side the Consul for Montenegro in 2005, Mrs Valentina Setta, the dean of the University Ca’ Foscari Mr Pierfrancesco Ghetti, the functionaries of Regione Veneto, our colleague Gilberto Calderoni of the Laboratory of Earth Science of University ‘La Sapienza’ of Rome for the C14 analysis and our colleague Paolo Biagi of University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice for his help with the micro-lithics of the site.
This project enjoys the support of the Archaeological Society of Montenegro and was officially presented to the 4th Meeting on Montenegrin Archaeology (IV Skup. Dructvo Arheologja Crne Gore) held in Danilovgrad from the 18th to the 20th of October 2005. During the excavation we were visited by our friend Mr Mile Bakovic (Centra za arheologka istracivanja Crne Gore and now President of the Archaeological Society of Montenegro) and by Mr Djurge Jancovic (Faculty of Philosophy, Beograd).
While finishing the preparation of this book we received the sad news of the sudden passing of our friend Milan Pravilovic, former President of the Archaeological Society of Montenegro and eminent scholar of Montenegrin archaeology. Milan repeatedly visited us on the excavation in Bar in 2004 and 2005, giving us many valuable suggestions and opinions. We are sure he would have supported us in the same way in the future. With affection and fondness we dedicate this volume to his memory.
Venice, August 2006