The story of „rolling stones”, „dust in the wind” and the conservation of heritage. Excavations at Călugăreni

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We can happily announce that this years excavation campaign was a success. The research took place in the principia of the military camp and the vicus or civilian settlement, uncovering large areas, which held precious information about the people, buildings and culture that was present 1800 years ago. The team counted 30 people, made out of students and researchers from universities from Berlin, Cologne, Vienna, Cluj-Napoca and archaeologists of the Mureș County Museum.

The research of the principia viewed the south-western part of the building, uncovering several offices, the aedes and the basilica. After four weeks of excavation, the plan of a once monumental building was revealed. Except a few robbing trenches, which only have shown the lowest parts of the foundations, the walls were kept in good conditions, even a nice opus signinum floor was excavated. The vicus team excavated in the north-western part of the settlement, near the Timebox pavilions. The most curious and strange, pipe-like object was unearthed, that we can announce, related to a workshop, but other information regarding this matter will be available in the future publications.

In the meantime, the team also took part in the organization and runoff of the 7R Roman Festival. The day of the festival was sprinkled with water, but even the weather did not stop visitors from enjoying the event. The workshops were saved and moved indoors, we lit up some turibula with incense to evoke the spirit of Roman times. The Barn Theatre was full with curious people, who were seeking the wonders of the Middle-East, watching gladiator fights, military demonstrations and the very popular slave auction.

The one month experience will probably be remembered with joy by everyone. After all, sometimes there was a lot of dust in the wind, although stones were not rolled, but held in their place, where they belong.

7R (Roman)Festival in Călugăreni

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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!

PROGRAM

11.00–12.00   Procession of the participants: Barn Theatre – Franciscan friary – Ángi house – Archaeological park – Barn Theathre

12.00–19.00   Carriage riding: Barn Theatre – Franciscan friary – Ángi house – Archaeological park – Barn Theathre

19.00–20.00   Closing procession with torches and the Light of the East: Barn Theatre – Franciscan friary – Ángi house – Archaeological park – Barn Theatre

 

BARN THEATHRE AND COURTYARD

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12.00–19.00   Exhibition: A box of archaeology

12.00–18.00   Museum pedagogical activities

12.30–13.00   Presentation: Sárándi Tamás (Mureș County Museum)

                     Limesul contemporan. Cercetarea tranșeelor din primul război mondial [RO]

13.00–13.30    Presentation: Szabó Máté ( Aerial Archaeological Archives of Pécs)

                        Repülés a múltba – Hadszínterek pillanatképei [HU]

13.30–14.00   Dance performance: Ana Maria Marginean (Brașov): Ars Pietatis

14.00–14.30  Presentation: Vass Lóránt (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

                      Arheologia   Orientului legendar [RO]

14.30–15.00   Presentation: Vass Lóránt (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

                       A mesés Kelet régészete [HU]

15.00–16.00   Slave auction

ARENA

12.00–12.30    The oath of the Roman soldiers

14.00–15.00    Archery tournament

17.00–18.00    The battle of the barbarian alliance against the Romans

18.00–19.00    Military exercise of the Roman soldiers

CASTRUM

12.00–18.00    Roman camp life

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

FORUM

11.00–21.00    Taberna

11.00–20.00    Rostra (Information office)

12.00–18.00   Museum pedagogical activities

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

12.00–19.00    Exhibition: The insignia of the Roman legions

 

FRANCISCAN FRIERY AND COURTYARD

ECCLESIA

12.00–18.00    Exhibition: Bibliotheca claustri. Selections from the Franciscan friary of Călugăreni’s library

13.00–18.00   Guided tours inside the Franciscan friary’s church in Romanian and Hungarian

16.00–17.00    Chamber music: Grazioso string quartet

HORTUS

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

 

ÁNGI HOUSE

12.00–19.00    Exhibition: Folk house interior of the Niraj Valley

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

 

ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

12.00–19.00    Exhibition: TIME BOX

12.00–19.00    COMPASS Bellevue

13.00–18.00    Guided tours around the archaeological site in Romanian and Hungarian

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

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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.

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GASTRONOMIKA ROMANA

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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.

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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

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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!
Link: https://webapps.mkkp.party/rosanekateka/…
Project name: Krumplifüldből parkot (A park out of the potato field)

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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.

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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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