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Opuscula Archaeologica : Papers of the Department of Archaeology, Vol.34 No.1 December 2010. -

During restoration works at the Soardo-Bembo Castle in

Bale from 2000 to 2003, minor earth excavations were

conducted below the floors of the cellar rooms. A number

of potsherds were removed from the excavated materials

at the time. Most were prehistoric pottery. Although the

examples are meagre, the Bale pottery fits into the Bronze

Age tradition of known finds on the Istrian Peninsula. Several

examples exhibit medieval features, which speaks to

the historical continuity of life within a settlement that had

to occupy much of these heights from the very beginning.

Bale has a long history, which began with the settlement

of prehistoric people on Monperin Hill. Bale is in an area

with the best preserved hillforts in Istria, and the most

abundant remains. The Roman era ensued, and this was

when residential-economic buildings were constructed in

this agriculturally favourable tract from Bale to the seashore.

The castle, Castrum Vallis, emerged in the turbulent

fifth and sixth centuries, when it formed the internal

fortification belt of the Pula ager. Venice certainly played

a pivotal role, as it crucially influenced the preservation of

the settlement’s integrity.

Istria; Bale; Soardo-Bembo Castle; rescue research; pottery; Bronze Age

Author: Klara Buršić Matijašić - ; Department of History, Juraj Dobrila University in Pula



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