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Theodoriana, an early Byzantine fortress, near TEREM-Shipyard Flotski Arsenal

Trayan Trayanov


In the months of May, June, July, August, and September 1981 Civil Engineering and Technical Fleet (STF Varna) was hard at work in order to finish Site №1340/21 of TEREM-Shipyard Flotski Arsenal, in front of Ladzhata (Aladana). In order to form the payment rate for work underwater (underwater hour), STF asked the Institute of Oceanology at BAS, Varna, for a Protocol for Underwater Visibility—on the surface and on the seabed, where the divers worked. After measurements at several locations, including the help of the diver working there, I had the time to observe the test pit at the westernmost end. I found artefacts at a depth of 1.5 m, as well as two cultural layers at deeper levels. I believe that those at 1.5 m—terracotta tiles with dimensions of 40 x 40 x 5 cm, were probably from the Theodoriana Byzantine fortress.


Ladzhata, underwater work, measurements, cultural layers, findings, Theodoriana fortress

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Известия на Варненското археологическо дружество. т.VII, 1901 – 1921 г., Шкорпиль Х. К. Двадесетгодишната дейност на Варненското археологическо дружество. т. VII, с. 15.

Леководолазни дневници ХХ и ХХI, 1981 на Лаборатория „Океанографски прибори“ на Институт по океанология БАН, Варна.

100 години Пристанище Варна. 2006. Юбилейно издание. с. 58.



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