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Annales Instituti Archaeologici, Vol.VII No.1 October 2011. -

In 2010, a team of archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb in co-operation with archaeologists from the responsible museums Požega and Nova Gradiška Town Museums conducted a field survey of the terrain planned for the construction of the expressway from Brestovac near Požega to Staro Petrovo Selo east of Nova Gradiška. The planned expressway route from Brestovac to Staro Petrovo Selo starts north of the Požega-Nova Gradiška road where it meets the future Požega and Velika bypass. From this point, the expressway runs southwards across Požeška Gora through the western part of Slavonska Posavina to the Zagreb-Lipovac motorway.

Along the route of the future road, over a distance of 16 km, 3 archaeological sites from the prehistoric and late mediaeval periods were documented. After archival and field surveying, the sites were preventively protected and a study entitled -Cultural-Historical Heritage- was carried out as part of the Conservation Study of the Environmental Impact of the Planned Road Construction, which regulates construction conditions. This had the specific aim of saving valuable cultural heritage from destruction in line with the Ordinance on Archaeological Excavations Official Gazette 102-10. The Ordinance stipulates obligatory trial-trench excavations under the supervision of archaeologists before the commencement of any road construction, with the aim of the timely identification and protection of potential archaeological sites that could not be identified in field surveys. Permanent archaeological supervision is also necessary during the removal of humus and upper layers of soil, and archaeological rescue excavations need to be conducted of documented and preventively protected zones of archaeological sites.

archaeological field surveying; prehistory; late Middle Ages; expressway; Daranovci; Brđani; Croatia

Author: Kornelija Minichreiter - Zorko Marković - ; Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb, Croatia



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