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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6R DAY OF ARCHAEOLOGY AT CĂLUGĂRENI – PROGRAMME

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DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

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

THE BARN THEATRE AND IT’S COURTYARD

ODEON

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

ARENA

11.30–12.00    Training of the Roman soldiers

18.00–19.00    Training of the Roman soldiers

FORUM

11.00–21.00    Buffet

10.00–19.00    Information point

11.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities related to the Romans

SCHOOL

11.00–19.00    Exhibition: Five years of IDENTITY AND CULTURE

THE FRANCISCAN MONASTERY AND IT’S COURTYARD

ECCLESIA

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)

HORTUS

11.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities related to the Francisan Monastery

CULTURAL HOUSE

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

ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

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

 RENESZÁNSZ PENSION

10.00–21.00    Restaurant

 

6R DAY OF ARCHAEOLOGY

 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.

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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.

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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.

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A box of archaeology at the Night of the Museums

                This year’s idea was to bring together Medieval  and Roman finds from excavations of the Mureș County Museum and to present them parallel next to each other. The 14 finds reveal similar aspects of the Roman and Medieval Era, like Roman gaming counters and Medieval dices, Roman iron lamps and Medieval bronze candle trimmer. In order for visitors to have a better understanding, five minutes presentations were held about each object by specialists of the museum.

                The museum pedagogical activities were strongly connected to the exhibited finds. Because of the two Roman moneyboxes from the exhibition, children could learn about Roman currency and paint their own coins. Related to the iron spur, the young ones could paint a horseman with spur. Of course, the Rota could not be missing either, but children enjoyed making candles and stamping on clay too. It was a lovely day with many inquiring people, eager to find out more about our special finds.

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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.

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Night of the Museums at the Mureș County Museum

Title of activity: Periodic exhibition and museum pedagogical activity: A box of archaeology

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Opening hours/location: 11.00–18.00 / Historical and Archaeological Museum

Program of the public lectures:

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Description: The aim of the forthcoming activity is to popularize the archaeological collection, which gained new finds of great value from the recent excavations on Roman and medieval sites in Mureș County. The specialists of the museum will present seven Roman and seven medieval objects. Children will have the opportunity to attend museum pedagogical activities related to the presented objects.

Partner: Milites Marisiensis Association