Colloquium on the Limes research of Roman Dacia
The Museum Complex from Bistrița-Năsăud organized on the 11-12th of December 2014 a conference entitled „Colocviul Național – Frontierele Imperiului Roman: Dacia – Limes Forum III” (National Colloquium – The Frontiers of The Roman Empire: Roman Dacia – Limes Forum III). The researchers of this field, which were present at this event, prosperously contributed to the existent knowledge about the Roman limes from the point of view of military history, strategies and social aspects also. The main themes, which were widely discussed at this colloquium, were related to the position of forts, watchtowers, defensive systems, different research methods and techniques as well as their results (geomagnetic research; electric resistivity survey; LIDAR). The importance of the Roman limes as a cultural heritage and the possibilities of its evaluation and presentation to the world were also deliberated. Three members from our team attended the meeting. One of the presentations focused on the research, evaluation and projection of the Roman fort from Călugăreni, another one presented the pottery workshop from the civilian settlement of the Roman fort from Brâncovenești, while the third one analysed the Roman military equipment from the eastern limes of Roman Dacia (Sector Brâncovenești- Sărățeni).
Limes Forum III
The conference “Frontierele Imperiului Roman: Dacia. Limes Forum III” (The Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Dacia. Limes Forum III) will take place in Bistrița between the 11th and the 12th of December 2014. The conference will be organized by the Bistrița-Năsăud Museum Complex (Complexul Muzeal Bistrița-Năsăud) in joint with the Ministry of Culture, National History Museum of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, and the Bistrița-Năsăud County Council. Three researchers of our team team will hold presentations about the archaeological research and architectural plans concerning the site of Călugăreni and the pottery workshop from Brâncoveneşti.
Workshop full of new perspectives
The workshop entitled “Digitizing the Roman Limes. Sector: Brâncovenești-Sărățeni“, organized by the Roman Limes Research Centre of the Mureş County Museum in the frame of our research grant on the 15th of November 2014 in Târgu-Mureș, had an interesting and very high- level scientific outcome. There were discussed issues related to the general and particular chronology of the researched area on the base of the material culture; but discussions concerning the possible survey methods, or the valorification of the region’s touristic potential and cultural heritage launched also a very fruitful brainstorming.
In the same time, many new research strategies, approaches, and objectives have been proposed for the future period for the same region. All the results point to a well-contoured and challenging perspective concerning the research of the eastern limes of Dacia.
The participants coming from different well-quoted universities abroad (Berlin, Cologne, Budapest; Pécs) together with the specialists from Romania and of the host institution (Mureș County Museum) spent together a very active and successful weekend full of results and new strategies for the future.
Workshop on project results
On the 15th of November 2014, an interdiciplinary workshop, “Digitizing the Roman limes. Sector: Brâncovenești-Sărățeni” will take place in Târgu-Mureș, in the Continental Hotel. The workshop, organized by the Roman Limes Research Centre of the Mureș County Museum, intends to offer a general view of the results achieved during the past period of the CNCS-UEFISCDI project (PN-ID-PCE-2012-04-0618). Specialists from different German, Hungarian and Romanian universities and museums will present different aspects concerning the limes section from Mureș County, focusing mainly on the site of Brâncovenești, Sărăţeni, Călugăreni and their surroundings. One can find out interesting information about database development, results of the geophysical-, aerial- and field surveys, as well as about military, social, and historical life of the respective region. The process of digitizing or aspects related to the military daily life and material culture will also represent the subject of further presentations. The papers and discussions will be followed by a round-table discussion where the participants will evaluate the achieved results, and will deliberate further plans, schedules and objectives.
Conference on the daily life of the Roman soldier
On the 17th and 18th of October 2014 the History Museum of Turda organized a national colloquium entitled “Viața cotidiană a soldatului roman în castrele din Dacia” (The daily life of the Roman soldiers from the forts from Dacia) where specialists from all around Romania delivered interesting presentations about the everyday life of the Roman soldiers including their relationship with civilians, their social practices, eating-, drinking-, dressing- and bathing habits and other interesting aspects. Two members of our team also contributed to the knowledge of this particular domain. One presentation focused on different aspects of daily life based on ceramic vessels discovered in the soldiers’ barrack. The other paper reflected upon the utilization of bronze vessels in military context.
Glastag and Keramiktag
On the 18th of October 2014 the Glastag conference was organized for the third time in Saalburgmuseum Bad Hamburg. Organized by the Römerkastell Saalburg, the colloquium became an important forum for specialists researching Roman glass artefacts or glass production. Beside having a presentation about the glass material from Saalburg, our project director was also one of the main organizers of the meeting.
On the 13rd of December 2014 a conference on the general and particular research of the Roman pottery, especially on the household pottery, will take place in Trier, in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum. The director of this research grant, also one of the conference’s organizers, will deliver a presentation about the content of Roman amphorae.
Romans and their neighbours from the Eastern Carpathians
The principia and the bath of the Roman auxiliary fort from Călugăreni was the subject of a presentation delivered by three colleagues of our team at the conference “Romanii și vecinii lor din zona Carpaților Orientali (sec. I-V p. Chr). Sesiunea Științifică Anuală a MNCR, ediția a XI-a” (Romans and their neighbors from the Eastern Carpathians (1st-5th c. A.D.). The Annual Scientific Session of MNCR, the 9th edition) organized by the National Museum of the Eastern Carpathians (Muzeul Național al Carpaților Răsăriteni) in Sfântu-Gheorghe, on the 9th-11th of November 2014. Problems and aspects related to the general topic of the conference (landscape archeology, Sarmatian type brooches, geomagnetic surveys, Roman forts) were discussed during this national session.
Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores
One of the most prestigious conferences of specialists on Roman ceramic from all around the world, the Congress of Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores was organized for the 29th time, this year in Xanten, Germany, between the 21st and the 26th of September. The large-scale conference hosted over 170 participants and 60 papers which were focusing on different aspects related to ceramic production, types, patterns, use and other issues. One of our team member also contributed to the congress’ presentation list with a paper about the relationship between pottery and military life, based on observations made on pottery assemblages in military barracks.
Promoting the cultural heritage of Călugăreni
One of our team member took part on a regional conference in Sovata (Mureş county) on the 27th of September 2014 which was focusing on the local history of the town and its surrounding region (III. Szovátai Helytörténeti Konferencia / The 3rd Conference of Sovata’s Local History). The presentation entitled “Mikháza római öröksége” (The Roman Heritage of Călugăreni) promoted the archaeological and cultural site of the Roman settlement and military fort, presenting the main results and achievements, as well as projects concerning the cultural and touristic potential of the settlement.