Local Legends Lead Archaeologists to a Roman Reservoir

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman structure in central Bosnia, dating from 1st to 4th century. The discovery near the town of Prozor includes a water reservoir with river sand-plastered walls and a rock floor.

“The Roman water reservoir is located in an important strategic place from which the area can be overseen and its size is admirable. Since the reservoir could have supplied water to a large number of people (…) it is safe to assume that there was an important settlement nearby,” archaeologist Snježana Vasilj told Deutsche Welle.

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According to local legends, an ancient city existed at the site of the discovery.

She believes the site was raided in the past, which explains the lack of movable inventory from the period. However, a stone block with the relief of an ancient deity was discovered at the site.

“The stone block with the Illyrian god Silvanus, who was worshiped by shepherds, was built in the foundation of one of the pillars that supported the reservoir structure. (The deity) depiction is anthropomorphic; he holds a shepherd’s whip and a flute, which is uncommon; he is not accompanied by a goat or a dog, but by a bird beside his leg,” said Vasilj.

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A stone block with the relief of an ancient deity was discovered at the site

According to local legends, an ancient city existed at the site of the discovery. It was the beliefs of the locals that made the municipal authorities invite archaeologists to the site. Prozor mayor said they will seek funding from cross-border cooperation projects and EU funds for further excavations.

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