The 11th of August in Călugăreni is dedicated to the Day of Archaeology, based on six years of tradition. The aim of this day is to involve the public into the world of archaeology. The job of an archaeologist, besides showeling, finding treasures, troweling and brushing on the field, has many important sides, which complement each other. The main idea is that sharing our knowledge with the public is just as important as scientific research. One other very significant side is to teach and communicate to everyone the importance and the value of the cultural heritage, in order to understand and preserve it. The Day of Archaeology offers a behind the scenes view into the many tasks of an archaeologist. The visitors will have the opportunity to see and experience how an archaeological excavation is going on, visit an exhibition with special Roman objects, like handcuffs, moneyboxes, coins, and participate at the inauguration of a futuristic bellevue. Museum pedagogical activities will not be missing from both the Franciscan Monastery and the Barn Theatre, in the presence of well trained Roman soldiers and lively music.
A box of archaeology – The aim of this activity is to promote the archaeological discoveries from excavations, from Roman and medieval sites belonging to Mureș county. Seven Roman and seven medieval artefacts will be presented by researchers of the museum. The younger ones can take part in museum pedagogical activities related to the exhibited objects. The program can be attended every Tuesday and Wednesday during the marked dates, from 10–12 AM, and it is mainly recommended for children over five years. The participation fee is 10lei/ child. Registration is possible on the 0747773299 phone number and the maximum number of attendats is 25.
In order to clarify the extent of the Roman settlement, the archaeological supervision started at Dămieni, but until the railway passage between Dămieni and Căugăreni, except a few Roman shards from the modern road, only neolithic traces were found, represented by some pottery fragments. The rescue excavation started on the road running parallel north to the fort, where a 100 m long trench with two basins was opened. Durnig the excavations were discovered waste pits and a daub fireplace, with a dog skull underneath. These stuctures were part of the civilian settlement, which belonged to the military fort, and have major role in understanding the stratigraphy and the chronology of the site. From the repertoire of the finds a large quantity of ceramic material, a ceramic moneybox, snake-pot fragments, bronze fibulae and two rings can be mentioned. After this trech was finished, a new one was opened after the railway passage, where the traces of the Roman settlement appeared.
The aim of the forthcoming activity is to popularize the archaeological collection, which gained new finds of great value from the recent excavations on Roman and medieval sites in Mureș County. The specialists of the museum will present seven Roman and seven medieval objects. Children will have the opportunity to attend museum pedagogical activities related to the presented objects.
Partner: Milites Marisiensis Association
The fifth edition of the Roman and Renaissance Festival from Călugăreni (H: Mikháza; Eremitu, Mureș County) will be organized on the 12th of July 2017. The visitors will have the possibility to participate at the interactive workshops held in the courtyard of the Barn Theatre and at the Franciscan monastery, to visit the exhibitions in the TIME BOX pavilions as well as the ongoing archaeological excavations from the headquarters (principia) of the military fort and from the Roman bath house. Beside the workshops and activities already established in the former years (military parade, gladiator fights, thematic exhibitions, Roman kitchen, mosaic workshop, lamp and terracotta workshop, blacksmithing, theatre, hairdressing, tailor’s workshop etc.) the main topic of the festival will focus on childhood and education, which will be presented in the frame of several interactive workshops and museum pedagogical activities, like Roman school, amulet workshop, Roman games, Latin language contest. Another novelty will be represented by the activities on the same topic carried out in the courtyard of the Franciscan monastery, which will focus on school and education in the context of the monastic life (Latin language (catechesis), arithmetic, natural sciences, geography, and botany) and by the Renaissance dance show. The event will finish with the Early Music concert held by the Flauto Dolce Group and with the traditional torchlight parade.