Archaeological work continues on the important Gorna Porta site in Ohrid

Archaeological work continues on the important Gorna Porta site in Ohrid

Detailed archaeological excavations at the Gorna Porta (Upper Gate) find in the Ohrid old town have resumed.

More than 80 graves dating back to the Classical period, between 3rd and 2nd century B.C. and the Ottoman period between 15th and 18th century A.D. have been found in earlier work, including the golden burial mask which is considered to be one of the greatest finds in Macedonia ever.

The oldest find at the site which was part of the ancient city of Lychnidos (modern day Ohrid) is a small stone axe dated to the pre-historic era, while the most recent finds are Ottoman coins from the 19th century.

The 12 Classical, Macedonian - Hellenistic period graves that have been found in Gorna Porta are built with crude stones and have contained ceramic and several bronze vessels, pieces of military equipment such as spears and knives, jewelry, including earrings representing African style heads, representatios of the God of love Eros, fibula pins and rings. Finds aged to the later Classical period and the Middle Ages have contained coins made by the Byzantine Empire, in Venice and by local Macedonian ruler King Volkasin, the father of legendary King Marko.