Butrint before the Butrint Foundation

By R. Hodges – At the time of Richard Hodges’ first visit to Albania in 1993, less than three years after a peaceful transition from the hardline communist regime of Enver Hoxa to a democratic government, the country was experiencing great hardships. Back then, the archaeological site of Butrint was far from being internationally recognised as a tourist destination and suffered heavily from looting. After almost 20 years of groundbreaking discoveries and cutting-hedge management activities in collaboration with international organizations, in 2012, Richard Hodges left behind a state-of-the-art national park – Butrint National Park – which is today one of the most interesting tourist destinations of Albania, but most importantly, a significant source of wealth for the entire region.
This memoir describes Richard Hodges’ first visit to Butrint, chaperoned by archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology of Albania, coming to terms with the effects of the transition from communism to a democratic republic.