Early Christian Church in Nikadin (Ferizaj)

Status

Type of Protection: Registered Date of Protection: 2007

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2011-2012

History

The Nikadin village, nowadays a suburban part of the town of Ferizaj, is situated only 2 kilometres south from the town, sited in a spacious and fertile countryside. During the 60s of the last century, superficial traces of a roman villa complex have been recorded here. Nevertheless, during gardening carried out in front of a house, accidentally a remarkable sarcophagus lid was unearthed, a rare and unique for the region of Kosovo. A sarcophagus is a funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved from marble or limestone. The sarcophagus lid discovered here is carved in marbled limestone in the shape of a house roof and decorated on the sides with anthropomorphic human bust, while on the front of the lid, decorated with floral motifs. The sarcophagus lid was carved during the end of the 3rd or the beginning of the 4th century AD. The accidental discovery of the lid, lead towards the rescue excavation investigation (2007) carried out in form of trial trenches. The results of this archaeological research were unexpected, while a small unknown early Christian church (4th -6th century AD) was unearthed (though very damaged). Taking into account that, the church was constructed by stones bonded with lime mortar, but the most interesting discoveries were the spolia (the re-use of earlier building material or decorative sculpture on new monuments) of the roman date.

References

Unique number: 003606

Name: Early Christian Church in Nikadin

Class: Archaeological Site

Institution: AIK

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Ferizaj

City/Village: Nikadin

Locality:

Postal Code: 70040

Name of Street:

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkeologjike - ENG

Period: Late Antiquity

Century: 4th

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