A meter below ground the ancient street of Decumanus was discovered along with a piece of its sidewalk. A part of the apse of the former church of St. George is also found nearby.
The leader of the project, archaeologist Davor Munda from the Heritage Museum of Poreč, expected to find the intersection of two main Roman streets (Cardo and Decumanus), but it’s still not found. There are two possibilities, either the Cardo is smaller or they haven’t reached it yet, explained Munda, adding that the research on Marafor began eight days ago.
The nearby church existed until the second half of the 19th century, but with the current research, the archaeologists expect to determine the exact period and the type of paving.
The archaeological research is the first step to the reconstruction of the historic center and covers an area of 5,800 square meters. In November 2016 some graves and human remains were discovered from the 15th century next to the entrance to the Istrian Parliament. Research is done by geotechnical sound drilling on 25 positions next to the buildings, with seven archaeological probes.