The Andautonia Archaeological Park
In the Posavina village of Ščitarjevo, some 8 kilometers from Velika Gorica, you will find excavations of the ancient Roman town of Andautonia. Andautonia was the administrative, political and cultural center of the area located between Medvednica mountain, Vukomerić hills and the Sava river.
The town was built in the 1st century AD alongside the Roman state road connecting Siscia and Poetovio (today’s Sisak and Ptuj), in the shape of an elongated hexagon and it had its own water system, a bathhouse inside the town and a port on the Sava river. It was the residence of Andautonians, the Illyrian tribe who are considered to be the founders of today’s city of Zagreb. The legend says they left Andautonia in the 4th century during the Migration Period, after the decay of this Roman town.
First archaeological excavations in Andautonia were undertaken in 1882, and they were continued again in 1969. They confirmed that it had paved streets, a sewage system, bathhouses, public buildings, residential areas and necropolises. Different kinds of frescoes, ceramic and glass dishes, bronze jewelry and other objects depicting the Andautonian way of life were also found. But, up to now, only a fragment of this large urban settlement was revealed and further research must still be conducted in order to give a more complete overview of the town life with all its segments.
The Andautonia Archaeological Park was opened in 1994 and it is particularly vivid in the month of May when the Days of Andautonia take place, and also in September when the Dionysian Festivities are held. Both events present to the visitors certain themes from the life of Roman towns through various exhibitions, workshops and games. You also get a chance to briefly become a part of that ancient world by dressing up in Roman clothes, trying Roman foods and drinks and playing Roman games.
Andautonia Picture Gallery