Lissus was an Illyrian settlement. Ceramics from the hill Mali e Shelbumit, which lies east of Lissus ( Akrolissos, 410 m above sea level) suggest an Early Iron Age date (8th century BC) for the hillfort on Akrolissos. The fortification system of Lissus with its towers and walls, which enclose the Akropolis and the lower town, was built in the 4th century BC, incorporating earlier walls of the 6th century. In Byzantine and Ottoman times the Akropolis continued to be used as a fortress.





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