Sveti Martin (St Martin) is an archeologically very rich and historically complex village in Podstrana. The remains of the architecture of the Antique period commercial and residential complex in the regions of Javor and Vinina and fragments of tools for processing grapes and olives, together with the numerous stone fragments and objects found around the Church of St Martin indicate the existence of the Roman settlement of which, in contrast to the Illyrian Pituntium, was not erected on a hill but by the coast, alongside the Roman thoroughfare that passed there. The Antique period necropolis with over twenty-five inscriptions, most of them tombstones with the names of individuals and details on their lives and family trees make the St Martin locality an abundant source of information on the history of Podstrana during Antiquity.
The most famous name from the St Martin necropolis is that of Lucius Artorius Castus, which is mentioned in two inscriptions from the era of the emperor Commodus in the late 2nd century AD. One of them is of simpler content and construction and was most likely displayed in a public place, while the other is chiselled into a tomb stela decorated with rosettes and tendrils and used to be part of a larger monument. The original stela is now kept in the Church of St Martin, while a replica stands on its original site, between stone blocks in the enclosing wall of the church.
The text details an impressive list of the increasingly eminent military functions that Lucius Artorius Castus achieved during his stellar career, and it reads as follows: To the divine shades, Lucius Artorius Castus, centurion of the Third Legion Gallica, also centurion of the Sixth Legion Ferrata, also centurion of the Second Legion Adiutrix, also centurion of the Fifth Legion Macedonica, also chief centurion of the same legion, in charge of the Misenum fleet, prefect of the Sixth Legion Victrix, commander of two British legions against the Armenians, centenary procurator of Liburnia with the power of the sword. He himself for himself and his family in his lifetime.
A somewhat more modest list of titles of the state hierarchy of the day was awarded to Ausonius (illustrious husband, dignitary of the honourable imperial council and perfect consul of Dalmatia), another great historical figure from Podstrana from the 5th/6th century. The inscription with his name and functions was recently discovered in the region of Brdina, near the Church of St Martin.