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SINOE Dobrudja, Romania.

Near the modern village, on the banks of two lakes, Sinoe and Zmeica, are remains of many settlements, indigenous, Greek, and Roman. Archaeological research in one of the settlements on the edge of the Lake Zmeica has revealed foundations of houses built of stone according to the method of construction known as Olbian. At this site the oldest level is dated by pottery fragments to the 6th c. B.C. A Roman settlement lies on the promontory which separates Zmeica from Sinoe. It was defended by a vallum orientated N-S. Archaeological research and aerial photography show that these settlements were closely connected to Histria, and at least one was a Greek foundation. At Sinoe was probably stationed the vicus Quintionis, mentioned in an inscription discovered here, but which may have been brought from elsewhere.


V. Pârvan, “Histria, IV,” Academia Română. Memoriile Secţiunii Istorice, ser. 2, tom. 2, mem. 1 (1916) 536f, 617-21; id., “Histria, VII,” ibid., ser. 3, tom. 2, mem. 1 (1923) 55-60, 62ff; R. Vulpe, Historie Ancienne de la Dobroudja (1938); S. Lambrino in Mélanges Morouzeau (1948) 319f; E. Dorutiu-Boila, “Observatii aerofotografice în teritoriul rural al Histriei,” Peuce 2 (1971) 37-46.


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