7R (Roman)Festival in Călugăreni
The 7R (Roman) Festival is back with full force in Călugăreni, this time Under the Spell of the Orient. The Roman Empire has always been the scene of cultural exchange, this also being the cause of its wealth.
This year the festival’s organisers present a special edition dedicated, as always, to the whole family and all tastes. Military parades, gladiators, battles, slave auctions, exhibitions and museum pedagogical workshops, carriage rides around the village, concerts, these are only a handful of the activities lined up for the day.
Come and join us on the 3rd of August, from 11AM in Călugăreni, for a day filled with programs that will make you more acquainted with the Roman world’s heritage!
Sunny Sunday at Gastronomika Romana
Despite the bad forecast we were facing, the weather was in our favour and the Sun was shining the whole day. The beautiful old house and the courtyard in Călugăreni owned by the Mureș Conty Museum were filled with life again. Not only the breathtaking landscape, but the activities also attracted so many people to the little village.
The visitors could get a guided tour of the Roman ite and the TIMEBOX pavilions and see the newly installed holobox, which presents 3D pictured artefacts related to the Roman body care. Children could make diadems, helmets, and could learn about different types of coronae in ancient times. The ones interested could prepare their own aromatic bag or make clay vessels. The main idea of the day and the most popular activity was to present the different vegetable and fruit preservation techniques used in Roman times. We used a colourful range of vegetables soaked in salt and wine-vinegar and fruits dipped in savoury defrutum. The filled glass jars were quite a tasty view. But to deal with so much feast to the eye, we prepared some food also to taste. The intent was to recreate a breakfast or a meal which was present in most of the Roman households. Therefore we prepared two types of cheese cream or moretum put on freshly baked bread, and mustard with almond and pine seeds. From the positive feedback of the visitors and from the fact that nothing remained to our great joy, we can announce that the food and pickles sector turned out really well. Regarding the pickle and the compote jars, we cannot wait to open them at the 7R Roman Festival on the 3rd of August, to which we kindly invite everyone.
Location: The Archaeological Park from Călugăreni
During this activity we would like to present the different techniques of food conservation in Roman times. Besides presenting the recipes from the ancient sources, we would like to test some procedures of fruits and vegetables conservation. The pickled vegetables and fruits will be ready until the 7R (Roman) Festival in Călugăreni, on the 3rd of August 2019, and the ones attending will have the possibility to taste them.
Partners: Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Department of Târgu Mureș, Horticultural Engineering; Sidó György Landscape-Architecture.
Space///Power. Architectural exhibition
In the Hall of Art from Budapest, recently has been inaugurated the exhibition Space///Power| The 2nd National Architectural Salon, which presents the Timebox pavilions from Călugăreni as well. The object of the exhibition is very varied, presents the newest architectural creations, the activity of the Architectural Workshop from Miskolc, the activity of modern architect Medgyaszay István, and the block named ”The architecture of light”, which represents space with the help of shadow. The exhibition can be visited until the 25th of August.
The Timebox pavilions were built in 2015 and inaugurated in 2016, and since then they represent a highly regarded attraction to those who wish to visit the Roman site from Călugăreni.
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.
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.
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.