Kvarner newsletter / no 10

Crikvenica's Amphora – a pearl of Europe's cultural and historical heritage

On the 23rd and 24th of October, Crikvenica hosted the International Colloquium of Archaeology entitled "Roman ceramic and glass workshops", introducing the Crikvenica Amphora, which is rather unique in the European context. This event served as another reminder of the valuable archaeological sites in the area of Crikvenica, which in the future should be more intensely included in the area's tourism offer.

Archaeological research of the Roman ceramic workshop by Sextus Metilius Maximus in the very centre of the renowned holiday resort of Crikvenica has been going on since 2006. This archaeological site, estimated to be two millennia old, gives many interesting pieces of information about the structure and the organisation of the ceramic production and about the products that were made in this local workshop. This site – which was the first ceramic workshop discovered in the area of the Roman province of Dalmatia – provides evidence of the intense trade in the Adriatic Sea at the time, as well as of the historical importance of Crikvenica.
Although there were quite a few workshops throughout Europe, this one in Crikvenica is specific for its preserved segments that provide good basis for the analysis of the entire production process. In the 1st and 2nd centuries BC, this workshop produced a subtype of the flat-bottomed Roman amphora, recognisable for its neck, handles, and the form of the belly. A reconstruction of the Crikvenica's amphora caused undivided interest among experts and was declared a valuable part of the European cultural and historical heritage.
The Museum of the Town of Crikvenica plans to start a project entitled Live Archaeology on the archaeological site in Crikvenica, which would have scientific, educational and tourism goals.
Since Crikvenica this year celebrates its 120th anniversary of tourism, the mentioned international colloquium as a chance to learn more about the area's extensive cultural and historical heritage as an important factor that should be more intensively used for tourism purposes in the future.