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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).

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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.

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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.


2R Festival

The Mureș County Museum in collaboration with the Barn Theatre Association will organize the 2R FESTIVAL in the village of Călugăreni, parish of Eremitu, Mureș County on the 23rd of August 2014.

The cultural event offers an invitation for a time travel, in the Roman and Renaissance age, marked in the local landscape by important regional and national heritage values. The Roman defensive system as well as the auxiliary fort and settlement from Călugăreni have the potential to be nominated in the UNESCO World Heritage list, and also in the international site of the „The Frontiers of the Roman Empire”. The Franciscan monastery is one of the most important monuments of the late Renaissance period of Transylvania, a prestigious spiritual centre of the region until the 20th century.
The 2R FESTIVAL – ROMAN AND RENAISSANCE – FROM CĂLUGĂRENI will present and promote during the whole day the components of the provincial Roman culture and civilization, specific to the Roman Dacia, as well as the particular features of the Transylvanian Renaissance, through a series of events and activities with cultural-educational character with considerable impact on a large audience.
In the court of the Barn Theatre from Călugăreni military demonstrations and gladiator fights will be organized with the participation of associations specialized in historical re-enactments, and workshops inspired from the Roman everyday life will be also functioning. The spirit of the Renaissance and the monastic life will be evoked in the court of the Franciscan church.


The archaeologists from the Mureș County Museum together with partners from Germany, Hungary and Romania, which are carrying out archaeological investigations in the military fort and settlement from Călugăreni this time, will provide guided tours to the archaeological excavations and will show the visitors the recently found and restored archaeological artefacts. An exhibition, entitled „Romans in Călugăreni” will also be opened. This presents the discoveries from the Roman fort and settlement situated in the territory of the village, recovered during archaeological researches from 2004, and 2011-2013. The exhibition entitled „Identity and Culture. Three Topics, Eleven Projects” present the work of the students from the Department of Industrial and Agricultural Building Design of the University of Technology and Economics from Budapest about the possibilities of promoting the Roman limes. The Roman military life will be shown through the displayed mock-ups of the exhibition entitled „The Romans through Gulliver’s Eye”. There will be held presentations focusing on the Roman culture and civilization in general, and especially on the impact of the Roman culture and civilization on Roman Dacia. In the Franciscan church and monastery will also take place thematic guided tours. An exhibition („The book collection of the Franciscan from Călugăreni”) presenting the history of the monastery’s library will be opened. The activities will be ended by a torched parade to the Roman site with the participation of all visitors. During the whole day there will be organized workshops and activities illustrating the life and occupations of the Romans from the Empire’s provinces: making mosaics, pottery, stone-working, Latin writing, theatre, hairdressing, tailoring, social games, Roman cuisine, wine tasting, slave market, sweet-shop etc. The activities and workshops related to the Renaissance monastic milieu will be the followings: the art of writing, paper manufacture, rosary making, blacksmithing etc.
In order to ensure the successful course of this project, the organizers collaborate with the Mayor’s Office of Eremitu, Teleki Library, Roman Limes Research Centre, Artecotur Association, Unitarcoop, Pokoly Association and the project „Roman Limes as European Cultural Landscape”. The main financial support is provided by the Mureș County Council.
Sponsors: Bethlen Gábor Fund, Borpatika, Archaeomoles, Borpatika, Cetate Production.
The event’s main purpose is to promote the archaeological and historical investigations and to offer the chance for the visitors to re-live the past for a day.


How to get to Călugăreni?
Public transportation with minibuses on the following route: Târgu Mureş (Voiajor bus station) – Călugăreni – Câmpu Cetăţii/Sovata and Sovata/Câmpu Cetăţii – Călugăreni – Târgu Mureş.
By car on the following route: Târgu Mureș –Ernei –Călugăreni.
By bicycles on the following routs: Târgu Mureș – Livezeni – Miercurea Nirajului – Vărgata – Călugăreni, or Târgu Mureș – Sângeorgiu de Mureș – Ernei – Căluşeri – Isla – Călugăreni.


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.

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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.

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School in a different way

Promoting the heritage of the Roman culture, as well as its achievement in the territory of nowadays Romania represents a priority for the education of the future generation. Therefore, the Roman Limes Research Centre organized an educational workshop for pupils from the Bethlen Gábor School from Odorheiu Secuiesc on the occasion of the event Școala altfel / Iskola másként (School in a different way), organized nationwide between the 7th and the 11th of April 2014. The educational event in the form of an open day, offers an alternative teaching and learning approach. Our workshop entitled Ancient Rome, offered a very interactive insight into the Roman culture and the everyday life of the soldiers. A short general presentation, about the Roman culture, the army and its impact on our daily life and culture, was held for the pupils. For their own delight, children could dress both like a Roman civilian and soldier, they could play puzzle (made from photos of the Roman forts from Mureș County) and Roman board games, paint colouring pages.


Scented Palace, Enchanted Visitors: Ars Unguentaria

The Ars Unguentaria workshop organized by the RLRC and the Gurghiu Department of the  Mures County Museum with the occasion of the European Night of the Museums benefited from a huge interest from the public and was a real success with more then 4000 visitors. The event, which evoked the famous Via Piperatica market from Rome, offered the public an interactive insight into the ancient make-up and body care techniques, fragrances and hairdo fashion etc. The visitors were received at the entrance by a Roman patrician who showed them the way to the famous market. Making small fragrance sacks, similar to those worn around the neck by the Romans in order to exclude bad smells, was one of the most successful activities of the workshop. Both children and adults were excited to create their own, individual fragrance sacks. Guessing the ancient herbs, spices or fragrances hidden in blank sacks was another popular activity.  Visitors could also smell and inspect the common and exotic spices used by the Romans and they had the possibility of smelling and trying a series of perfumes and creams created by the organizers according to the ancient receipts. The colourful and perfumed workshop enchanted and refreshed not only the Small Hall from the Palace of Culture, but both children and adults, as well as the young and old generation.

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