Medieval bath found in Shkodër excavations

An archaeological team from the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre of the University of Warsaw, Poland has discovered a 14th century bath in northwestern Albania. The structure combines technologies of the Roman and Ottoman Empires.

The discovered bath includes a hot air heating system and is believed to be the earliest known example of a Turkish hammam. "This intricate, ingenious system proves that the Turks did not simply copy the Roman original idea, but it also intelligently modified it," said Prof. Piotr Dyczek of the research team.

The bath was found during excavations at ancient Scoder, now called Shkodër, on the lake of the same name.