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.
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.
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.
The Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) in association with the University College Dublin and the Discovery Programme organized The Aerial Archaeology Research Group Conference on the 24th-26th September 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The main topics of the conference were related to landscape, aerial data, aerial archeology, new technologies and results obtained through aerial surveys. One member of our team in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Pécs and from Budapest, Hungary submitted and presented a poster on the topic of the First World War Battles on the Roman Limes from Eastern Transylvania (Romania). Based on aerial and field surveys, the presented research focuses on the First World War trenches which run along the same line as the eastern limes of Dacia did once. The defensive strategy behind the choice of the same place in two different periods was discussed in the poster.
Four members of our team participated at one of the most prestigious international forum of Roman archaeologists, organized annually in Hungary. The VIII. Fiatal Római Korosok Konferenciája (The 8th Conference of the Young Roman Archaeologists), organized by the Centre for National Cultural Heritage of the Hungarian National Museum, held this year in Budapest, between the 24th and the 26th of April, hosted many interesting papers dealing with a variety of subjects on Roman culture, history, archeology. Our team held two presentations: one focused on problems related to the location of the auxiliary units in the forts from Mureș County and their connection with the stamped ceramic building material, while the other presented the old and the recent data concerning the Roman fort from Brâncovenești, stressing on its complexity.
Conference on Roman Military History
Between the 11th and the 12th of April the Department of Antiquity from the University of Szeged (Hungary) was the host and organizer of an international conference II. Ókori Hadtörténeti és Fegyvertörténeti Konferencia (The 2nd Ancient Military History and Military Equipment Conference) focusing on problems related to the Roman army and weapons, military equipment. The project team was represented by four colleagues who held two presentations. One of the papers presented the Roman weapons and military equipment discovered in Mureș County. The other presentation offered a preview on theoretical and practical problems regarding the distribution of finds (bone bow laths) in Roman forts in general and in particular.
The 24th edition of the prestigious international meeting: the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) was organised in Reading (UK), between the 27th and the 30th of March 2014. One of our team members participated at the conference with a poster analysing the communication networks on the eastern limes of Dacia.
Between the 29th and 31st of January 2014, an international conference organized by the University of Pécs (Hungary), entitled Provincialia Romana. A római tartományok történeti forrásai – hadsereg, vallás, társadalom (ProvincaliaRomana. The historical sources of the Roman provinces – army, religion, society), took place in Pécs, Hungary. As the title suggests, the conference focused on general and particular problems related to the army, religion, and material culture in the Roman era. Five members of the Roman Limes Research Centre attended the conference with three presentations on various subjects: the general methodology applicable for Roman pottery coming from Roman military forts, general problems related to the use of space in forts, and old and recent data concerning the Roman site of Sărățeni from Mureș County.