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Trench warfare

The Mureș County Museum has the pleasure to invite everyone to the opening of the exhibition entitled Trench warfare. The Great War from the perspective of aerial archaeology. With the occasion of the event, a conference will take place on the 27th of March 2019, Wednesday, starting from 14 PM,  at the Etnographic and Folclore Museum from Târgu Mureș (Piața Trandafirilor nr. 11).

Programme of the conference:

14:00-14:05 Opening speech of director Soós Zoltán
14:05-14:15 Dorel Marc: People from the Mureș area in the trenches of the Great War. Resarch and museology
16:15-16:30 Sárándi Tamás: Mapped trenches. Mureș county, as battlefield in the First World War
16:30-16:45 Pánczél Szilamér: Border zone. Military strategy in the area of the Călimani and Ghurghiu Mountains

17:00-17:15 Book presentation


A park out of the potato field

Dear friends and colleagues,
I hope you know that since 2015 we are working on developing the archaeological park from our beloved Călugareni /Mikháza. The only way to extend the Park is through the acquisition of new land stripes from the locals, but of course, this takes time and money. So, we entered a competition at the Rózsa Sándor 2. Népi Közpénztékozló Alap (a Hungarian Found with an almost untranslatable name) and we managed to get in to the 2nd round of the competition.
Now we need your support, please vote for our project on Facebook (you have to log in = Bejelentkezés) and do not forget that every vote is sacred! Please help also to advertise/share the project!
The project description is in Hungarian (if you do not understand you can use Google translate to get the main ideas), but I can assure you that the aim of the project is to buy some land and build a permanent home for Morzsi Mikházi.
You can vote till the 15th of March!
Project name: Krumplifüldből parkot (A park out of the potato field)


Architectural exhibition about identity and culture

On the the 30th of November (Friday) from 18.30 will take place the exhibition opening intituled Five years of IDENTITY AND CULTURE in the building of the Historical and Archaeological Museum located in the medieval fortress of Târgu-Mureș.

The exhibited objects are results of the collaboration between students and professors of the Department of Industrial and Agricultural Building Design of the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, works created during the summer-schools organized at Călugăreni. These were attained within an international, multianual research project (THE ROMAN LIMES AS EUROPEAN CULTURAL LANDSCAPE). The students had the opportunity to develop the results of their research in Transylvania, at the Students Conferene organized in the past five years. Within these, the students could analyze the possibilities of turistical potential of the Roman sites and the challenges related to the protection of these extremely valuable heritage.

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12th Transylvanian Archaeological Conference

Between the 30th of November and the 2nd of December will take place the 12th Transylvanian Archaeological Conference organized by the Mureș County Museum and the Pósta Béla Association. The event will be held in the building of the Historical and Archaeological Museum located in the Medieval fortress of Târgu-Mureș. The interested ones can participate at lectures presented by specialists in the different fields of historical periods, like prehistory, Ancient history, Migration period and Medieval period. Another interesting group of presentations will be related to research history, presenting the activity of pioneers of archaeology and history from former centuries.

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Roman pottery all over – 31st RCRF

Between the 23rd and the 30th of September in Cluj-Napoca took place the 31st Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores Conference, on which members of our team also participated. The large scale conference gathered specialists of Roman pottery from all over the World.


The leading topic of the event was focusing on the economic relationship between local and imported ceramic products. Among the many extremely interesting presentations and posters, the team visited Porolissum, Apulum, Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa and Potaissa, having the opportunity to see in each site the locally produced wares. The exhibition, which gathered pottery from Roman Dacia and Moesia Inferior was opened during the conference, introducing also the Atlas of Roman pottery workshops from these two provinces.


Field school at the eastern limes of Dacia

During the last month researchers and students from Romania, Germany and Hungary carried out archaeological excavations in the principia of the Roman fort from Călugăreni and in the vicus belonging to it. In the principia the research focused on the rooms situated in the south-eastern corner, while the trenches from the vicus targeted a waste pit containing a large amount of pottery and a layer which contained objects which relate to cultic activities. During the research of the headquarters building the last phase of usage and the foundations of the corner rooms were discovered. The waste pit from the civilian settlement offered important data related to local pottery production and enriched the repertoire of the 2nd century forms of pottery, unveiling vessels, like snake-pots and incense burners, which allude to cultic activities in the neighboring parts of the vicus. The students, besides having a good time, learned a lot and gained experience.


The mood was even more enhanced by the event called 6R Day of Archaeology, which took place on the 11th of August. The visitors had the opportunity to participate at various museum pedagogical activities, presentations and to experience a real archaeological excavation. The day was crowned with the inauguration of a special Bellevue, named Compass, which was created after a project of students from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.





11.00–19.00    Walk with the festival carriage on the course of the Barn Theatre – Franciscan Monastery – Archaeological Park – Barn Theatre



11.00–11.30    Festive opening and book presentation

12.00–12.30    Presentation [RO]: Bajusz István, Panem et circenses

12.30–12.45    Presentation [RO]: Rezi Botond, The bronze depot from Călugăreni in the light of thesaurisation practices in Transylvania

12.45–13.00    Presentation [RO]: Nicoleta Man, The Roman site from Călugăreni in the light of archaeological sources

13.30–14.00    Presentation [HU]: Bajusz István, Panem et circenses

16.00–16.15    Presentation [HU]: Rezi Botond, The bronze depot from Călugăreni in the light of thesaurisation practices in Transylvania

16.15–16.30    Presentation [HU]: Pánczél Szilamér, The Roman site from Călugăreni in the light of archaeological sources

11.00–19.00    Exhibition: A box of archaeology


11.30–12.00    Training of the Roman soldiers

18.00–19.00    Training of the Roman soldiers


11.00–21.00    Buffet

10.00–19.00    Information point

11.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities related to the Romans


11.00–19.00    Exhibition: Five years of IDENTITY AND CULTURE



11.00–19.00    Exhibition: Bibliotheca claustri. Selections from the librarial bequest of the Franciscan Monastery from Călugăreni

13.00–14.30    Guided tour according to the timetable in the  Franciscan Monastery (RO, HU)

14.30–14.45    Presentation [HU]: Bányai Réka: The library of the Franciscan Monastery from Călugăreni

14.45–15.30    Oldmusic concert: Trio Vivo chamber concert

15.30–15.45    Presentation [RO]: Bányai Réka: The library of the Franciscan Monastery from Călugăreni

16.00–18.00    Guided tour according to the timetable in the  Franciscan Monastery (RO, HU)


11.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities related to the Francisan Monastery


16.00–18.00    Guided tour according to the timetable in the restorers lab (RO, HU)


11.00–19.00    Exhibition: TIME BOX

11.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities related to archaeology

16.00–18.00    Guided tour according to the timetable at the excavation and in the TIMEBOX exhibitions (RO, HU)

19.00–19.30    Inauguration: COMPASS bellevue


10.00–21.00    Restaurant



 The 11th of August in Călugăreni is dedicated to the Day of Archaeology,  based on six years of tradition. The aim of this day is to involve the public into the world of archaeology. The job of an archaeologist, besides showeling, finding treasures, troweling and brushing on the field, has many important sides, which complement each other. The main idea is that sharing our knowledge with the public is just as important as scientific research. One other very significant side is to teach and communicate to everyone the importance and the value of the cultural heritage, in order to understand and preserve it. The Day of Archaeology offers a behind the scenes view into the many tasks of an archaeologist. The visitors will have the opportunity to see and experience how an archaeological excavation is going on, visit an exhibition with special Roman objects, like handcuffs, moneyboxes, coins, and participate at the inauguration of a futuristic bellevue. Museum pedagogical activities will not be missing from both the Franciscan Monastery and the Barn Theatre, in the presence of well trained Roman soldiers and lively music.


A box of archaeology and Holiday at the museum

The aim of this activity is to promote the archaeological discoveries from excavations, from Roman and medieval sites belonging to Mureș county. Seven Roman and seven medieval artefacts will be presented by researchers of the museum. The younger ones can take part in museum pedagogical activities related to the exhibited objects. The program can be attended every Tuesday and Wednesday during the marked dates, from 10­–12 AM, and it is mainly recommended for children over five years. The participation fee is 10lei/ child. Registration is possible on the 0747773299 phone number and the maximum number of attendats is 25.


Rescue excavations at Călugăreni    

            Since november 2017 in the villages of Eremitu commune canalization works have started, wherethrough these interventions rescue excavations are needed.

            The archaeological survey was undertaken at Dămieni, Călugăreni and Eremitu. The rescue excavation started on the section north to the fort, and during the survey was discovered a waste pit and a daub fireplace, with a dog skull underneath. These structures were part of the civilian settlement and have major role in understanding the stratigraphy and the chronology of the site. From the repertoire of the finds a large quantity of ceramic material, a ceramic moneybox, snake-pot fragments, bronze fibulae and rings can be mentioned.