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Zvonigrad (old Illyrian town) in Široki Brijeg

Zvonigrad (old Illyrian town) in Široki Brijeg

The first traces of life in today's area of Široki Brijeg date from the time of ancient Illyrian town called Zvonigrad. Numerous Illyrians lived here in pre-Roman times, what can be concluded looking at the walls of the large, well shaped blocks of stone that resembles the technique of Illyrian Daors very much. 

Also, we know from many historical sources that in the earliest time this region was inhabited by Illyrian tribes, which are presented as a separate community of Indo-European origin, appeared in this region around 1500 BC and lived independently until the arrival of the Romans. The majority of the Illyrian population lived in tribal groups, living in the wooden settlements and engaging explicitly with animal husbandry and agriculture. The land was common, tribal. Most modern historians believe that the Illyrians who lived in these lands were divided into parishes, with the fortified towns as the centers of parishes. There are two such fortresses that belonged to the Daors - Zvonigrad in Polog and Ošanići near Stolac.

 

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