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.
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.
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.
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.
Religion and Magic
Two team members took part at the The 2nd International Symposium on Representations, Signs and Symbols. Religion and Magic, organized in Deva by the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilization between the 27thand the 29th of March 2014. One presentation focused on aspects of military cult practices in Roman Dacia, based on a case study from the auxiliary fort barracks. The second one (Pouring the Water, Offering the Wine. Instrumenta Sacra Depicted on Votive Altars from Roman Dacia) analysed another aspect of religion, namely the representations of instrumenta sacra on votive altars from Roman Dacia.