The visit of the first day of snowing in Ulpiana with the Arch. Bersant Selmani was an incredible unearthing.
Kosovo is a relatively new nation, but its territory certainly has a rich history.
The remarkable Roman and Byzantine site of Ulpiana, lies in fertile land, near the left bank of the river Gračanica, where nearby there is a mine which has been used since Roman times. This mine notably played a considerable role on the development of important cities in the Roman province of Dardania. 9 km in south-east of Prishtina and it includes the municipality of Laplje Selo.
The abandoned city of Ulpiana was one of the most important in the region in Classical times with recent research showing that it was continuously occupied from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period. While the city is being carefully excavated and revealing its many treasures, it is gradually being opened to the public.
In the geo-physical research made by an Albanian archaeologist and other, it has been found that there are more than 100 hectares worth of objects within the territory of the ancient town. On the north side of the city is the cemetery, where several important establishments have been found, such as the foundations of a Basilica (Paleolithic-Christian) of early Christianity, built in the early 4th century by Emperor Justinian. Also found is the north entrance of the city, with its walls, a memorium and a room or a form of funeral. The ruins of a building with a beautiful mosaic are found in the south of the city. The research was mainly focused on the ancient objects which have been found on the sides of the main road, which connected the city with the region. The attention was given to the findings of the objects in the north entrance of the city. With the addition of the use of air photography and satellites in the past years archaeologists, with no costly digging, were able to find and describe lots of big antique buildings which included a public bathroom, the forum (administrative center of the city), a residency of the bishop in the era of the early Christianity, and a baptismal chapel.
Ulpiana is also believed to be the former capital of the Dardania, a region some historians believe to be the land of the ancient Illyrians, which, again, are believed to be ancestors of the Albanian people.