Bon Appétit! Histories of food

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The three days international conference, organized in Sibiu by the Lucian Blaga University, offered presentations which pleased science and the culinary taste of the participants. Since food and mainly good food has always been an issue for people, it was really interesting to hear about production, culinary techniques, trade, transport, economy of different times and different cultures. The presentations covered themes from Neolithic until the last century and were based on archaeological and written sources, some of the papers presented the results of experimental archaeology. Our team acquainted the ways of vegetable and fruit conservation in Roman times, based on Columella’s recipes, we even set up a small tasting of the pickles and fruit compotes in the coffee break.

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As a summary of this nice event, there are some points, which are the same during long long times in food history: food must be kept safe; alcohol is an important product for most societies; food is business; food is a question of culture and possibilities; probably bread is one of the simplest nutriments, but with most recipes, after all it is baked since such a long time.

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The story of „rolling stones”, „dust in the wind” and the conservation of heritage. Excavations at Călugăreni

The story of „rolling stones”, „dust in the wind” and the conservation of heritage. Excavations at Călugăreni

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We can happily announce that this years excavation campaign was a success. The research took place in the principia of the military camp and the vicus or civilian settlement, uncovering large areas, which held precious information about the people, buildings and culture that was present 1800 years ago. The team counted 30 people, made out of students and researchers from universities from Berlin, Cologne, Vienna, Cluj-Napoca and archaeologists of the Mureș County Museum.

The research of the principia viewed the south-western part of the building, uncovering several offices, the aedes and the basilica. After four weeks of excavation, the plan of a once monumental building was revealed. Except a few robbing trenches, which only have shown the lowest parts of the foundations, the walls were kept in good conditions, even a nice cocciopesto floor was excavated. The vicus team excavated in the north-western part of the settlemnt, near the Timebox pavilions. The most curious and strange, pipe-like object was unearthed, that we can announce, related to a workshop, but other information regarding this matter will be available in the future publications.

In the meantime, the team also took part in the organization and runoff of the 7R Roman Festival. The day of the festival was sprinkled with water, but even the weather did not stop visitors from enjoying the event. The workshops were saved and moved indoors, we lit up some turibula with incense to evoke the spirit of Roman times. The Barn Theatre was full with curious people, who were seeking the wonders of the Middle-East, watching gladiator fights, military demonstrations and the very popular slave auction.

The one month experience will probably be remembered with joy for everyone. After all, sometimes there was a lot of dust in the wind, although stones were not rolled, but held in their place, where they belong.

7R (Roman) Festival in Călugăreni

7R_1000_2The 7R (Roman) Festival is back with full force in Călugăreni, this time Under the Spell of the Orient. The Roman Empire has always been the scene of cultural exchange, this also being the cause of its wealth.

This year the festival’s organisers present a special edition dedicated, as always, to the whole family and all tastes. Military parades, gladiators, battles, slave auctions, exhibitions and museum pedagogical workshops, carriage rides around the village, concerts, these are only a handful of the activities lined up for the day.

Come and join us on the 3rd of August, from 11AM in Călugăreni, for a day filled with programs that will make you more acquainted with the Roman world’s heritage!

PROGRAM

11.00–12.00   Procession of the participants: Barn Theatre – Franciscan friary – Ángi house – Archaeological park – Barn Theathre

12.00–19.00   Carriage riding: Barn Theatre – Franciscan friary – Ángi house – Archaeological park – Barn Theathre

19.00–20.00   Closing procession with torches and the Light of the East: Barn Theatre – Franciscan friary – Ángi house – Archaeological park – Barn Theatre

 

BARN THEATHRE AND COURTYARD

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12.00–19.00   Exhibition: A box of archaeology

12.00–18.00   Museum pedagogical activities

12.30–13.00   Presentation: Sárándi Tamás (Mureș County Museum)

                     Limesul contemporan. Cercetarea tranșeelor din primul război mondial [RO]

13.00–13.30    Presentation: Szabó Máté ( Aerial Archaeological Archives of Pécs)

                        Repülés a múltba – Hadszínterek pillanatképei [HU]

13.30–14.00   Dance performance: Ana Maria Marginean (Brașov): Ars Pietatis

14.00–14.30  Presentation: Vass Lóránt (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

                      Arheologia   Orientului legendar [RO]

14.30–15.00   Presentation: Vass Lóránt (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

                       A mesés Kelet régészete [HU]

15.00–16.00   Slave auction

ARENA

12.00–12.30    The oath of the Roman soldiers

14.00–15.00    Archery tournament

17.00–18.00    The battle of the barbarian alliance against the Romans

18.00–19.00    Military exercise of the Roman soldiers

CASTRUM

12.00–18.00    Roman camp life

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

FORUM

11.00–21.00    Taberna

11.00–20.00    Rostra (Information office)

12.00–18.00   Museum pedagogical activities

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

12.00–19.00    Exhibition: The insignia of the Roman legions

FRANCISCAN FRIERY AND COURTYARD

ECCLESIA

12.00–18.00    Exhibition: Bibliotheca claustri. Selections from the Franciscan friary of Călugăreni’s library

13.00–18.00   Guided tours inside the Franciscan friary’s church in Romanian and Hungarian

16.00–17.00    Chamber music: Grazioso string quartet

HORTUS

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

ÁNGI HOUSE

12.00–19.00    Exhibition: Folk house interior of the Niraj Valley

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

 

ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

12.00–19.00    Exhibition: TIME BOX

12.00–19.00    COMPASS Bellevue

13.00–18.00    Guided tours around the archaeological site in Romanian and Hungarian

12.00–18.00    Museum pedagogical activities

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Sunny Sunday at Gastronomika Romana

Sunny Sunday at Gastronomika Romana

            Despite the bad forecast we were facing, the weather was in our favour and the Sun was shining the whole day. The beautiful old house and the courtyard in Călugăreni owned by the Mureș County Museum were filled with life again. Not only the breathtaking landscape, but the activities also attracted so many people to the little village.

The visitors could get a guided tour of the Roman ite and the TIMEBOX pavilions and see the newly installed holobox, which presents 3D pictured artefacts related to the Roman body care. Children could make diadems, helmets, and could learn about different types of coronae in ancient times. The ones interested could prepare their own aromatic bag or make clay vessels. The main idea of the day and the most popular activity was to present the different vegetable and fruit preservation techniques used in Roman times. We used a colourful range of vegetables soaked in salt and wine-vinegar and fruits dipped in savoury defrutum. The filled glass jars were quite a tasty view. But to deal with so much feast to the eye, we prepared some food also to taste. The intent was to recreate a breakfast or a meal which was present in most of the Roman households. Therefore we prepared two types of cheese cream or moretum put on freshly baked bread, and mustard with almond and pine seeds. From the positive feedback of the visitors and from the fact that nothing remained to our great joy, we can announce that the food and pickles sector turned out really well. Regarding the pickle and the compote jars, we cannot wait to open them at the 7R Roman Festival on the 3rd of August, to which we kindly invite everyone.

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