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Dacian Fortress Transylvania Excavation

November 4, 2008

Dates:  5 July – 8 August 2009

Organisation Archaeological Techniques and Research Centre (ArchaeoTek- Canada) and Brasov County Museum (Romania)

The site we are currently excavating, the Piatra Detunata site), is on a hill facing the Augustin Temple Complex and is most likely associated with it. The test trenches excavated over the past two years have exposed a rich and complex fortified urban center, destroyed by Emperor Trajan’s legions during the Daco-Roman wars (102-106AD). The magnitude of the destruction level testifies to the importance of the site both to the Dacians and the Romans. Most of the fortified Dacian settlements in Transylvania have been emptied of their civilian element and only military presence was left to face the Romans. It is not the case for this region. A great number of civilian objects (complete ceramic vessels, jewelry, weaving implements, etc) has been found, proving that the region has not been evacuated as the Roman legions were advancing. Fighting was fierce for control of the region: human skeletons and weapons, both Dacian and Roman (some quite rare) have been found even inside the burned houses on the acropolis.

During the 2009 season, we will continue the excavation of the fortified acropolis of the Piatra Detunata site. We expect to expose a significant part of the fortification system in order to see how it relates to the civilian buildings of the acropolis. At the same time, we are going to continue the excavation of the acropolis itself for the purpose of identifying the role that various constructions played in the urban Dacian fabric. Considering the extraordinarily rich and varied archaeological material recovered in 2007 and 2008 excavation seasons, 2009 offers remarkable promise.

The cost is US$355 (non refundable registration fees) per person, regardless of the duration of your stay. The fee is to be paid only after you are accepted on the excavation. The registration cost does not include the trip to and from Romania.

If you arrive at the pre-established times, someone will pick you up and take you to the site. Participants must arrange their own travel and health insurance. Participants are to provide their own food and camping gear. There is a minimum of two weeks stay on the excavation. Beware: the longer you stay, the greater your chances to witness some amazing discovery! No entry visa is generally required for Romania for EU, US and Canadian citizens. It is always a good idea to check with the Romanian Consulate.


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