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Published Apr 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Adriatic; prehistory; croatia; mediterranean; change; archaeology; excavations; Palagruža

Special Place, Interesting Times: The island of Palagruža and transitional periods in Adriatic prehistory

By Stašo Forenbaher

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Palagruža is a remote Croatian archipelago in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, unexpectedly abundant in high-grade archaeological evidence, dating precisely from the three periods of later Adriatic prehistory marked by radical change.




1 Natural environment and research history

2 Sites

Salamandrija Archaeological investigations 1992-2009: Pottery, Flaked stone artifacts, Ground stone artifacts, Artifacts made of mollusk shells, Diachronic change in intensity of activities

Other sites: Jankotova njiva, Pod lozje, Vartli, Stradun, Mala Palagruža


3 Palagruža and Adriatic prehistory

Small islands and great journeys

Palagruža and early farming

Pottery styles of the third millennium BC

Palagruža in third millennium BC

4 Appendix to Chapter 3.3

List of Sites


About the Author

Stašo Forenbaher is Senior Research Advisor at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied archaeology at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and received his PhD from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas (TX). His research interests cover Mediterranean Prehistory with a focus on the Adriatic, and include transition to farming, formation of early elites, archaeology of caves, and lithic analysis. He has excavated at many prehistoric stratified cave sites in the eastern Adriatic, including Pupićina Cave in Istria, Vaganačka Cave in Velebit Mountain, Grapčeva Cave on the island of Hvar, and Nakovana Cave on Pelješac Peninsula. His current fieldwork is focussed on the excavation of Vela Cave on the island of Korčula.