region which is today Starigrad-Paklenica and Seline has been inhabited
continuously from prehistoric times to the present.
Evidence of this was uncovered in
research in the Vaganski Cave and other caves nearby, where ceramics
from the Neolithic period have been found, including various ceramic
artefacts and lithic materials of the Danila culture, as well as
much material from the Bronze and Iron Ages.
The settlement Starigrad-Paklenica was built upon very old foundations.
It is thought that the ancient Argyruntum, the name of the Roman
municipality in the Podvelebit Channel during the rule of Emperor
Tiberius (42 B.C.), was founded on the site of a prehistoric settlement.
The name Argyruntum indicates that the settlement existed prior
to the arrival of the Romans, as this name is not Roman in origin.
That is, Argyruntum is mentioned in the ancient works of the writer
Liny the Elder, Ptolomy and others. It is in the graveyard from
this period where a valuable culture legacy was discovered: ceramics,
glass and jewellery. This valuable collection is now on display
in the Archaeological Museum in Zadar.
settlement was inhabited up until late antiquity (end of the 4th century
A.D.). Following this, there are no traces of any life in the region.
In the Middle Ages, a series of fortresses and sacral buildings were
erected throughout the entire region of the Podvelebit Channels, extended
up to Rovanjska and Mandalina. Among them are the Church of St. George
(Sv. Juraj) in Rovanjska and St. Peter (Sv. Petar) in Starigrad-Paklenica.
The most recent archaeological research was conducted in 2001 at the
Paklarić site. There is a stone path leading to the site, which offers
a beautiful view of Starigrad and the surrounding areas.
characteristics of this region are also evident in the particular
style of construction. Only in these mountainous settlements can
you find the so-called cubic roofs, concrete barrel-like roofs which
even today are preserved on the houses, commercial structures and
mills along the Velika Paklenica Creek.
as a form of national stone creation, represents a unique and lasting
trace of the culture of the Velebit region. These are special stone
grave markers and monuments along the Velebit roads and a distinctive
cultural artefact in this region.