Professor Kiro Ristov (Museum of Skopje) directs the excavations at the site of Taor which is a good candidate for Tauresium, the birthpace of the Emperor Justinian.


Farmer using a scythe to cut weeds in the fields below the site.



View from the top of the site Taor looking across the Vardar River Valley.

Dejan, Aleksandra Ristik and Vladamir examine the stone walls at the site of Taor. Recent excavations at the site have uncovered pottery from the Early Bronze Age, 6th century AD, and 10th century AD. Coins include both 6th century and Medieval examples.

Well preserved street defined by two buildings at Taor.

Boyd Pickup videotaping the site for the Higher Education Channel special about archaeology in the Republic of Macedonia.

Four fallen columns belonged to an atrium of a Byzantine church that was destroyed in the 6th century (most probably by Barbarian tribes invading the Vardar valley).

View of the excavated walls and dighouse (blue) from the top of Taor hill.

Medieval walls were built on top of 6th century AD walls at Taor. Dating based upon associated pottery and coins.

Toppled Medieval tombstone found in situ at Taor in the upper layers.
GPS coordinates N41 degrees 54.014' and E21 degrees 36.799' with an elevation of 285 meters.
Webpage created 9 September 2008