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Five-year underwater arhaeological research of Veštar harbour near Rovinj completed

The archaeological research undertaken at Veštar Cove is the first organised research of underwater archaeological finds at this site. The research was initiated in 2008 when the cove was investigated with the aim of organising future excavation, with the final campaign conducted in May of 2013. The research was conducted by the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar. Participating in the project from the first to last campaign was the Bavarian Society of Underwater Archaeology and the Heritage Museum of Rovinj, with the continual support of the City of Rovinj Tourism Board. Personnel of the Croatian Conservation Institute also participated in the first three campaigns with the support of the Conservation Office in Pula.

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Roman period shipwreck with sarcophagi near Sutivan on the island of Brač

In 2009 the Croatian Conservations Institute's Department of Underwater Archaeology carried out research of a Roman period shipwreck with sarcophagi near Sutivan on the island of Brač. The site is located at a depth of 32 metres, and stretches out over some 40 square metres. Twenty-one stone objects, arranged in two rows, are visible, the lower row of which is almost entirely covered by sand. Recognisable among the objects are seven sarcophagi, two lids, one stone jar with visible perforations, nine stone blocks and one column of circular cross section. The dimensions of sarcophagus no. 3 are 200 x 92 cm, with a height of 72 cm. Lid no. 6 has similar dimensions of 215 x 107 cm.

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Research of the remains of Suleiman's Bridge near Darda

Wooden piles were extracted along with silt during the cleaning of a fishpond near the baroque period Esterhazy palace in Darda in May of 2008, carried out by employees of the Municipality of Darda. Experts based in Osijek, upon notification, surmised that these might by the remains of the famed Suleiman's Bridge. According to historical data this wooden bridge was constructed in 1566 at the behest of Suleiman the Magnificent, built to serve as a bridge over wetlands during his march on Vienna. The bridge was partially destroyed and reconstructed on several occasions, and finally completely destroyed by the Austrian army in 1686.

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