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From the Orăştie Mountains with love

General perspective of the Orăştie Mountains (photo credit Dr. Ioana Oltean)

At the moment I’m doing fieldwork in Romania as part of a collaboration project between the University of Exeter, UK (Dr. Ioana Oltean) and the Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Prof. dr. Gelu A. Florea), and within the framework of my current postdoctoral project.

We are doing here ground truthing of several potential archaeological features (mainly Dacian hillforts and terraced open settlements, alongside Roman military bases) that were identified from the LiDAR data available in the area of the Orăştie Mountains (basically in the immediate surroundings of Sarmizegetusa Regia, the Dacian capital) and also geophysical survey (magnetometer) in a Roman military site which has some unexplained structures and which is located in close proximity of Sarmizegetusa Regia, controlling one of the main access routes to this site.

Geophysical survey (photo credit Dr. Ioana Oltean)

So, for the next two weeks this will be my workplace, but in August I will be back to the uplands of Northwest Iberia. We will keep you posted!

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