Histria was founded by Greek colonists from Milet, in the 7th century BC. The propitious location which provided a safe mooring place, a productive rural territory, the vicinity of river Istros, as well as an easy to defend promontory, determines a quite rapid social, cultural, economic development of the settlement. The Late Roman - Early Byzantine period was quite a hectic one for the newly established province of Scythia Minor. Moments of peace and prosperity alternated with military conflicts, caused by barbarians, situated outside the empire's borders. At the beginning of the 7th century AD Histria ceased to exist as an urban centre. Scattered proof of life between its ruins was found. Today Histria is a large archaeological reservation. Its territory along with its necropolises reaches approximately 75 ha. The most important Romanian archaeological site situated on the western coast of the Black Sea, Histria has a history of almost 100 years of assiduously archaeological research.