Initiated in 2015, the Agrij Valley Survey documents sites ranging from the Mesolithic period to the early 20th century. The Agrij river is a major tributary in Salaj County of the Somes River; the Somes River begins near Dej (Bistrita-Nasaud County), at the confluence of the Somes Mare and Somes Mic rivers, and flows for 465 km, draining into the Tisa River near Vasarosnameny, Hungary. The Agrij River has its headwaters south of Bucium and flows some 54 km into the Somes, near Jibou.
This river valley was chosen for an intensive archaeological project based upon the fact that the valley was settled almost continuously since the Mesolithic period and, therefore, holds a wealth of sites that will reveal important information about changing settlement patterns and land usage over time. The project is an extension of the Porolissum Forum Project, directed by De Sena, Alexandru Matei, and Robert Wanner (2004-2011).
The AVS team will conduct field surveys throughout the valley and will select a small number of key sites for excavation.