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The Triconch Palace At Butrint: The Life And Death Of A Late Roman Domus

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The Triconch Palace was first noted in the 1920s, when the Italian archaeological mission to Butrint interpreted a triapsidal building as "una chiesa bizantina". The interpretation of the building as a martyrium church was generally accepted until 1994 when it was recognised as the triclinium of a palatial Late Roman domus. From 1994 until 2003, the Triconch Palace and its surroundings were the subject of extensive open-area excavations revealing a rich late antique and medieval occupation sequence. This chapter summarises the results of the excavation and the phasing of the building between the 4th and 7th centuries. The excavations also revealed a complex sequence of events that followed the abandonment of the Triconch Palace as a prestige residence, when the area saw periodic usage involving post-built structures, industrial activity, and finally service as an informal cemetery, before its eventual abandonment during the 7th century.

Keywords: Butrint; Italian archaeological mission; late antique house; Late Roman domus; Triconch Palace

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