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.
Young Romanists in Budapest
Between the 4th and 6th of May members of our team attended the 12th Conference of Young Romanists, organised in Budapest. The three days conference offered a varied selection of presentations, from numismatics to epigraphy, finds, hygiene issues in Roman times and even legislation. Our team presented different unique finds from the Roman site of Călugăreni.
On Saturday evening the whole team visited Aquincum and the wonderful exhibitions from there, after which the well earned relaxing followed in the garden between lovely people.
Buday Memorial Conference
Between the 16th and 18th of May, a commemorative conference took place in Szeged (Hungary), in honour of two pioneers of the late 19th and 20th century humanities studies: Buday Árpád, historian and archaeologist, and his son, Buday György, artist.
The first day was dedicated to Buday Árpád, who was born in Transylvania, first working in Cluj and later in Szeged. He was one of the main researchers of Roman epigraphy, Roman provincial archaeology and limes-research. An intriguingly interesting presentation was held by one of our team members about the experiences and research of Buday Árpád in Albania, on the territory of present day Kosovo. On the second day presentations about the life and work of Buday György were held . His work, having its roots in Transylvania and being also influenced by expressionism and folk elements, created a totally apart form of art, appreciated all over Europe.
The conference was culminated by a book presentation about the work of Buday György regarding architectural elements from Szeged and two exhibitions. One of the curators of the exhibition about Buday Árpád was our team member.
Archaeologia Transylvanica Conference
Planned for the last weekend leading up to the Christmas Holidays, the three-day event entitled ‘Archaeologia Transylvanica’ is meant to signal the wrapping-up of the scientific activities for 2016 with a much anticipated book launching followed by a conference on various aspects of Prehistoric and Roman archaeology in Transylvania. The event will gather around 50 specialists in different fields pertaining to archaeology from Romaniaand abroad.
To see the programme click on the link: program-2
5th Balkan Symposium of Archaeometry
Between the 25th and 28th of September, 2016 takes place the 5thBalkan Symposium of Archaeometry at the beautiful location of Sinaia, where of course the eastern limes of Dacia is also represented. Some of our colleagues have the chance to present here a poster about the interesting results of some archaeometallurgical measurements done on iron slags from the Roman sites of Brâncoveneşti, Călugăreni and Vătava.
The programme of the event is available here:
Aerial archaeology conference
Even though we are pretty worked up at the excavation, the Roman sites of Mureș county cannot remain absent at the Annual Meeting of the AARG (Aerial Archaeology Research Group), held in Pilsen (CZ) between the 7th and 9th of September, 2016.
The topic is of course aerial archaeology, and we will be represented by one of our colleagues and Máté Szabó from the University of Pécs, who will present a poster entitled: The Roman military site from Sighișoara (Romania) – an aerial archaeological approach.
The programme of the event is available here:
Roman Military Equipment Conference
The nineteenth edition of the international conference entitled Roman Military Equipment Conference (ROMEC) took place in Saint Andrews, Scotland, between the 6th and 11st of June 2016, organized by the School of Classics of the University of St Andrews. As the title suggests, the conference was focusing on general and particular problems related to the army, armour and military equipment of the Roman era with special regards to the cavalry.
Two members of the Roman Limes Research Centre took part in this event, presenting a poster with the topic: “Newly discovered Military Equipment along the Eastern Limes of Roman Dacia”.
Conference about glass furnaces in Villa Borg, Saarland
In the Archaeological Park Roman Villa Borg in Saarland (Germany) specialists had been working for years on Roman glass-making experimental archaeology. This process culminated between the 11th and 12th of June 2016 in a conference, entitled: “Roman glass furnaces – contexts, finds and reconstructions in synthesis”. Besides many other interesting discussions, some of our team-members also held presentations about their results.
The meeting was intended to gather information about Roman glass furnaces and workshops from many provinces in order to gain new insights into this ancient industry.
Culture and Nature in Transylvania
Besides being the title of this short article, this was also the name of the interdisciplinary scientific workshop held in Cluj on the 22nd-23rd of April, 2016. It was organized by a Romanian-Norwegian project called Culture and Nature in Transylvania: Past and Future – that aims the conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage in North-Western Romania, mainly in Sălaj County.
So among art historians, geologists, biologists and ecologists, one of our team-members held a presentation about the relationship between the Roman limes and the Szeklers, based on our first-hand experience during field-work in these traditional villages.
Conference regarding the History of Archaeology in Alba Iulia
Most museums around here (and not only) have a rich history of their collections, usually starting with some zealous antiquarian and/or amateur archaeologist somewhere around the 19th century. Such was the situation of the National Museum of the Unification in Alba Iulia, where during the Belle Époque Cserni Béla started a meticulous archaeological program to investigate Roman Apulum. On the 100th anniversary of his death, researchers interested in the history of archaeology organized an international conference entitled “Adalbert Cserni and His Contemporaries. The Pioneers of Archaeology in Alba Iulia and Beyond”.
In between the new session of spring field-surveys, some of our team-members found some time to attend this event held in Alba Iulia from the 14th of April until the 18th. The presented subjects included a paper about the collection of Kovács Ferencz (important especially in the case of Călugerni), the different century-old sources for various types of stamped bricks and tiles from Călugerni and the nationalistic and imperialistic influences on the archaeology of the Belle Époque in Transylvania. Around 50 participants from 6 countries (from Great Britain to Russia) made the event truly of value and also highly enjoyable.