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Gračine – the Roman Excavations, Ljubuški

Gračine – the Roman Excavations, Ljubuški

The ancient history of the area of today's city Ljubuški is marked by wars between the Illyrians and Romans, until the latter finally won at the beginning of the first century. Many material remains and ruins testify of Roman rule in the municipality of Ljubuški, especially when it comes to a large number of tombstones and architectural buildings.

For six centuries, Roman soldiers stayed in the military complex, which is now called Bigeste, at the site of Gračine. This property near the Franciscan monastery in Humac can "boast" with remnants of saunas, baths, ceramics, jewellery, coins, tools and weapons. Sauna and bath were heated by underground heating system, and there was a backing object for the soldiers, near the military camp. Village called Pagus Scunasticus is another know Roman site, located between Mostarska Vrata and Pregrađe.

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