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Červar-Porat Excavations

Červar-Porat Excavations

from the Ceasar's period

  • Author: Kristina
  • Date Posted: Apr 10, 2015
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  • Address: Červar Porat

Červar Porat is a planned tourist settlement which was built after the archaeological research and creation of the archaeological park had been finished and which, carried out in the period between 1976 until 1979, almost ideally connected historical heritage with tourism.

The remnants of the Roman country villa and the economic complex were discovered, including an oil refinery and a workshop for making ceramic products. The oldest villa wall was built when Poreč colony – Colonia Iulia Parentium – was formed in 46 BC, at the time of Caesar. Undoubtedly, Sisenna Statilie Tauro, the son of Augustus’s friend, who was the Roman consul for sixteen years and one of the richest landowners in Istria, owned this property in the 1st century. It is very likely that he invested in the construction of the economic complex on the opposite side of the bay, in the Lorun cove.

Červar villa was considerably extended for the emperor Tiberius when the Poreč surroundings and the Červar field became a part of the agricultural complex for growing and processing olives and grapes. The ceramic products workshop lost its function at the end of the 1st century, yet a furnace for baking ceramics is the best explored one on the Adriatic. The oil refinery might have functioned until the incursion of the barbarians and the Slavs, who used one of its parts as a hearth.

The archaeological park was created at the edge of the tourist village, whose coastal part is in disrepair, but not irretrievably. These areas are mutually divided by a mild slope. Having completed excavations, an access road was built between them for a newly built Červar Porat Marina. The settlement served as a refugee centre during the Homeland war.