During the period from March 1st to March 10th 2012, a topographical survey was carried out with the aim of recording the wall remains and visible architectural objects of ancient Doclea. The field work also consisted of recording the preserved sections of the wall and registering these with geopositioning. The interpretation of the received data was presented as an article in the Collection of New Ancient Doclea III.
The goal of the survey was to create a unique site map, so that the exact proportions could be viewed and the area of Doclea city could be calculated. The necessity of this recording lies in the fact that the last urban map of Doclea was done in the beginning of the 20th century and published in P. Sticotti’s work of 1912. During the field work, over 1000 points were collected using a total station TCR407. For the starting geo-reference points, the points set up by the Montenegro Railways were taken and used as stations for recording the whole wall. The main project was focused on the wall, which is poorly preserved. Also, the visible, conserved structures in the surrounded space were recorded: the forum, the civic basilica, the large and small thermal springs and the capitoline temple. After field work, there was computer data processing.
On the new plan, the current status of the structures was recorded: some buildings such as capitoline temple being incorporated for the first time into the Doclea urban plan. With the use of Sticotti’s plan, based on the oriented points which were taken in the field for some structures, additional buildings recorded at the end of 19th century were included in the plan. Many of these structures are in ruins today, or covered with the material used for the railway. The result was the reconstruction of the city plan, with possible mistakes regarding parts of the wall, which was badly destroyed, and those objects whose position was no longer visible in the field, and for which it was not possible to recover the orientation.
- Dragan Radović - Public Institution Museums And Galleries, Podgorica
- Aleksandar Stamenković
- Miloš Živanović
- PI Museums and Galleries of Podgorica
- Council of Podgorica
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