Palatium/Palatiolum (античното селище при с. Байкал, Плевенско)

Palatium/Palatiolum (the ancient settlement under the modern village of Baykal, Pleven District)

  • Sergey Torbatov Department of Classic Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia
Keywords: Roman/Late Roman/Early Byzantine period, Danube Limes, forticications, roads, harbours


The paper presents a thorough critical analysis of the available information on the ancient settlement under the modern village of Baykal, Pleven District, which was convincingly identified some 35 years ago with Palatium and Παλατίολον/Παλάστολον, known from the Late Roman and Early Byzantine written sources. The important corrections in connection with the previously expressed views, as well as personal ground observations and reinterpretation of the evidence, enable the author to state a new and different perspective of the ancient history of Baykal.
This article is the first one of a planned series of publications designed to bring clarity and reject the existing defects in the current interpretation of various aspects related to the nature, structure and history of the Roman Danube Limes within the borders of Bulgaria.


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Torbatov, S. (2015) “Palatium/Palatiolum (античното селище при с. Байкал, Плевенско)”, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology / Българско е-Списание за Археология, 5(1), pp. 15-36. Available at: (Accessed: 2April2020).
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