Pile dwelling at Vrbnik

Vrbnik is situated in the bay between Struga and the village of Kališta, 200 meters away from the coast, on a depth of 3-5 meters. First information about the site of Vrbnik dates from the 1980s’ when the locals noticed wooden posts in the lake. The excavations began in 1998 and continued from 2001 until 2003. The new campaign started in 2012 and it is still ongoing. Wooden piles are registered at the bottom of the lake, organized in groups. Their average diameter is 20-30 cm. However, in this stage of the research, the questions about their organization and diffusion are still open, as well as the ground plan of the houses. The tangible finds consist mostly of fragmented pottery and few completely preserved vessels, bronze and iron objects, fishnet weights, spindle whorls etc. The excavations and tangible finds have shown that the pile dwelling at Vrbnik culturally and chronologically belongs to the well-known group of sites from the later phase of the Iron Age in the region of Ohrid and Prespa lakes in Macedonia, Albania and Greece.