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Exploring the archaeological site Kitino Kale

The Macedonian Archaeological Museum, in cooperation with the Museum of western Macedonia in the Second World War began probing the area of Kitino Kale near Kicevo. Structural remains, ceramics and coins found on the hilltop that is believed to have been inhabited in the bronze and iron age, indicate that there was a permanent settlement here since the eneolithic age all the way up to the late middle ages.

“After three decades, we are re-examining this archaeological site. Work began in early November, on two locations, during which we tried to determine the boundaries of the site, its contact zones, locating the remains and preparing data onthe character of the find”, Vesela Cestoeva, director of the Archaeological Museum, said. 

Viktor Lilcic, head of the Bureau for preservation of cultural heritage, adds that the Kitino Kale fort is believed to be the largest center of civilization in both antiquity and the middle ages around Kicevo. “The visible remains of ancient and medieval walls, combined with the archaeological finds, indicate that there are significant combined elements that will in the foreseeable future become one of the pillars of the local archaeological community”, Lilcic said.

The hilltop fortress is believed to have been used to control a crossroad of important trade lines between Skopje, Ohrid and Prilep. “The medieval town of Kicevo existed at this site, and it is first mentioned in the 11th century. The fortress and the accompanying civilian settlement on its western side survived in this location until the 15th century. With the Turkish conquest, the town moved down toward the valley, leaving only a guard post in the fort”, Ordance Petrov, head of the project, told the press

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