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DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2014/B31/S9.045

FORTIFICATIONS IN UPPER MORAVA

F. Sahiti, P. Hajzeri, E. Kelmendi
Saturday 1 November 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2014, www.sgemsocial.org , SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-29-2/ ISSN 2367-5659, September 1-9, 2014, Book 3, Vol. 1, 347-354 pp

ABSTRACT
Field studies and materials gathered show that in terms of fortifications, Morava’s resource areas, not only did they not stay behind other Albanian and Balkans territories, but they appear with their own special features, and have contributed greatly to the common treasure of European architecture.
The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic presentation of our creativity in centuries, claiming disclosure of a part of our creative values in the common treasure of Illyrian-Dardan heritage consolidation. Based on genuine archaeological remains, fortifications were not seen as isolated, or just as constructions of defensive character, but as a reflection of the economic, social and political conditions of different society formations in our country. Traces of fortified constructions of Highlands of Karadak and along Morava of Binca River, present worthily the Illyrian-Dardan substrate and through genuine construction remains from the field, demonstrate life and cultural continuity of our ethnos in centuries.
Cultural heritage, its geostrategic position, and routes of antiquity and other subsequent periods, along with its mineral resources, make this land a center or rather a vital artery for the establishment and development of Dardania.
This study claims to give an outline of creative authenticity, based on the presentation of archaeological field survey results and the limited data on the scripts for this category of monuments.
The article is an analysis of building typology in question with other areas in the region and beyond, using the comparative method. This paper claims to provide an overview of the results from studies made to date in this regard, based on authentic materials and field research conducted recently.

Keywords: Fortifications, Valley, Morava, Continuity, etc.