Agrij-Almașu Archaeological Survey - Introduction

Agrij-Almașu Archaeological Survey - Introduction

Initiated in 2015, the Agrij-Almașu Archaeological Survey is a collaboration between scholars of the Transylvania Alive Association for Cultural Heritage, the Salaj County Museum of History and Art, the National Museum of Transylvania's History in Cluj-Napoca, and the University Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca. The AAAS is aimed at elucidating settlement patterns and land exploitation diachronically in an area Salaj County, Romania defined by two adjacent river valleys. This is being done by means of documentary research, walkover surveys, geophysical surveying, and/or archaeological excavation of key sites. The Romanian and American team of scholars is interested in elucidating how the Agrij and Almașu valleys were exploited and settled between the Upper Paleolithic/Mesolithic era and the period of România Mare (1918-1940).

In summer 2015, the AAAS will investigate a little known site in the village of Bozna (Salaj County), where a settlement of the Gava culture (Hallstatt period) is located and Roman features have been observed. The geophysical survey and excavations are led by Dr. Felix Marcu (NMTH, Cluj-Napoca), Dr. George Cupcea (University Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca), Dr. Daniel Deac (SCMHA), and Dr. Eric De Sena (Transylvania Alive). Joining the project leaders are T-Alive's first two field school students, Lauren Hampson and Olivia Seymour and former PFP students, Valerie Charbonneau, Lauren Earl, Dara Keller, Annie Lane, and Sean Troyer.

Survey at BoznaBozna and landscape to southBozna and landscape to eastView toward middle Agrij Valley from Porolissum