As the nation's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Butrint (ancient Bouthrotos/ Buthrotum) is the most famous archaeological site in Albania.
Discovered in 2005, the Roman Forum at Butrint is the only known forum in Epeiros and one of the best preserved of Augustan date (27 BC - AD 14) in the provinces of the Roman Empire.
Built over 2000 years ago by Roman colonists, the forum was the center of public justice, administration, business, religion, and entertainment.
The Roman Forum Excavations (RFE) Project is bringing to light the forum and unearthing a story that spans millennia, from the time of the city's birth in the 7th century BC to its abandonment in the 16th century AD.
This website offers a glimpse into the site, the fieldwork, and the remarkable ruins and artifacts discovered by the RFE Project.
Head of a terracotta figurine (dancing maenad from Tarentum), 3rd century BC (Art by Anna Zsófia Biller)