Proof of ancient Prishtina
- More proof of ancient Prishtina, Kosovo capitalThursday, 31 July 2008Not 'lizard aliens' below - Just ancient sculptures from China and Europe -note slight 'resemblances' ..<~ Left, is Pristinium's (Kosovo, Yugoslavia) prehistoric 'image' of Goddess on Throne ('Birthing stool').Above Right, ancient sculptures found from ancient San xing dui ('Xanidu') could have been one of the main centers of Chinas ancient Shu kingdom.The latest ruins of the ancient city of Prishtina discovered under mosques and steaming communal baths or hammams built by Ottoman emperors is further proof of antiquity of the capital of Kosovo, known in the ancient times as Pristinium and going back to prehistory.
The new archeological ruins next to the Ottoman Emperor Mosque and near the foundations of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo, and other archeological ruins discovered nearby the University Clinic of the University of Prishtina and near the ancient Illyrian capital of Ulpiana are further proof that Prishtina has existed since the prehistoric ages.
The Kosovar historian and expert of paleography, Prof. Jahja Drançolli says that within the old section of the city of Prishtina, specifically in the circle where the Mosque of Sultan Fatih and Sultan Pajazit are located, were discovered some valuable prehistoric ruins of Kosovos modern capital.
"The Goddess on the Throne [a statue of a lady giving birth] was discovered in the underground of the Gërmia City Park, which means that Prishtina is an ancient city, dating to the prehistoric age. However, Ottomans came early in the Middle Ages to town where, archives indicate, they found a city with flourishing trade and economy known as Pristinium, which means "old, and its inhabitants who spoke the tongue of the Albanians. During the middle ages we have the realms of Vicianum and the important Lissus-Naissus road with archeological ruins discovered nearby the Prishtina University Hospital, says Drançolli...
"Because I am still in the process of studying the archeological ruins in addition to the recently discovered vestiges of ancient water or sewage pipes, which seem to be similar to the Roman towns. The ancient city of Prishtina was rebuilt by the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I. So, it is difficult to conclude the origin of vestiges of these pipes since Illyrians during the Roman times, and their ancestors the Albanians during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire have copied the architectural designs in which the similarities were found in the ancient towns of Roman Empire," adds professor Drançolli.
Nevertheless, Drançolli says that Prishtina still remains as one of the most important ancient cities of Kosovo even if it lost its importance during the Ottoman Empire when other cities were developed such as Prizren, Gjakova and Vushtrria. "Assertively, the most important part of the discovery found on the vestiges of Prishtina is the origin of its name. After many years of thorough linguistic and historical studies, we concluded that the ancient name Pristinium means 'ancient, antique, very old', which refutes the ('modern') Serb myth of its origin", emphasized Drançolli.