Exhibition about Novae

Dear All, on 28th June (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. we are opening the exhibition about the archaeological research carried out by the Faculty of Archeology  University of Warsaw Expedition in Novae. The exhibition will be presented in the gardens of the University of Warsaw Library at Dobra St 56/66. I invite you on behalf of our Team. Agnieszka Tomas

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Department of Barbaricum and the Roman Provincial Archaeology

Address: 00-927 Warszawa, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Szkoła Główna, tel. 55-22-805 (806, 807), room 3.05, 3.06, 3.07, 3.09

Head of the Department:

Dr hab. Adam Cieśliński, prof. UW

Employees:

Dr Sylwia Domaradzka
Dr hab. Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski
Dr hab. Bartosz Kontny, prof. UW
Dr Andrzej Maciałowicz
Dr Andrzej Szela
Dr hab. Paweł Szymański, prof. UW
Dr hab. Agnieszka Tomas

PhD candidates:

  • Mgr Marek Baczewski, MA (supervisor: Adam Cieśliński)
  • Mgr Agnieszka Jarzec, MA (supervisor: Adam Cieśliński)
  • Mgr Sebastian Chrupek, MA (supervisor: Adam Cieśliński)
  • Mgr Maciej Czapski, MA (supervisor: Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski)
  • Mgr Tomasz Dziurdzik, MA (supervisor: Agnieszka Tomas)
  • Mgr Adrianna Gizińska, MA (supervisor: Agnieszka Tomas)
  • Mgr Emil Jęczmienowski, MA (supervisor: Agnieszka Tomas)
  • Mgr Andrzej Kasprzak, MA (supervisor: Adam Cieśliński)
  • Mgr Oskar Kubrak, MA (supervisor: Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski)
  • Mgr Aleksandra Barejko, MA (supervisor: Bartosz Kontny)
  • Mgr Paweł Dziechciarz, MA (supervisor: Bartosz Kontny)
  • Mgr Iwona Lewoc, MA (supervisor: Bartosz Kontny)
  • Mgr Radosław Jacek Prochowicz, MA (supervisor: Adam Cieśliński)
  • Mgr Dawid Rembecki, MA (supervisor: Bartosz Kontny)
  • Mgr Małgorzata Mileszczyk, MA (supervisor: Paweł Szymański)
  • Mgr Grzegorz Raczkowski, MA (supervisor: Paweł Szymański)
  • Mgr Agata Wiśniewska, MA (supervisor: Paweł Szymański)

Information about the Department:

The present Department was created in 2020 from two other departments in the former Insitutute of Archaeology UW: Department of Archaeology of Ancient Europe and Department of Archaeology of the Roman Provinces.

The department employees specialize in the archeology of barbarian Europe from the Bronze Age to the early Middle Ages (2nd millennium BC – 1st millennium AD) and in the archeology of Roman provinces (2nd century BC – 6th century AD), with particular emphasis on the European part of the Roman Empire and frontier (limes) studies, as well as the issues related to Roman army. An important aspect of the research conducted by the staff of the department is the mutual relations between the barbarian and Roman world, including military, trade and diplomatic relations.

Fig.7 - Klamerki esowate ‒ typowy element stroju kobiecego w kulturze wielbarskiej. Fot. I. Łukajniuk
S-claps – a typical element of women’s garment in northern Poland in the first centuries AD (Nowy Łowicz). Photo I. Łukajniuk.

The current research on Barbaricum concerns mainly various aspects of the material and spiritual culture of the Baltic and Germanic peoples, including burial rituals, settlement structures, weapons and methods of fighting, the ancient “fashion” and interregional contacts.

 

Reconstruction of part of the elite burial inventory from northern Mazovia (Zgliczyn Pobodze). Photo M. Bogacki.

 

A great part of our research focuses on the archival archeology, which aims to restore the scientific circulation of “forgotten” sources, often scattered during World War II.

 

 

 

The field research focuses on the area of ​​northern Poland and includes sites with various characteristics: cemeteries, settlements and ceremonial sites.

 

Novae 2012. The view on the central part of the site from south-east before the creation of the Archaeological Park (phot. M. Pisz)

The research on the Roman frontier and Roman army is realised through the excavations in Novae – a Roman legionary fortress and a late Roman town in today’s northern Bulgaria. It is the site with the longest history of Polish research abroad, where Polish archaeologists have been excavating continuously since 1960.

 

Novae 2018. Fibula type Riha 6.3 found in the area of the annex (phot. A. Tomas)

 

The research in recent years has focused on recognizing the chronology of the least explored part of the site, the so-called late antique annex – the area included in the fortress at the end of the 3rd century.

 

Novae 2018. A set of vessels found in one of the graves in the eastern necropolis (phot. A. Tomas)

 

Thanks to non-invasive and then excavation research, it was possible to conclude that there was a previously unknown civilian-military necropolis in this place, functioning at least until the 1960s.

 

 

 

Since 2021, we’ve started excavations in the center of the legionary camp, at the rear of the legion’s headquarters building. Similarly to other Roman legionary camps, there should be buildings very important for the functioning of the unit.

Over the last decade, employees and doctoral students associated with the Department have also carried out research projects in other positions related to the Roman army – in Herzegovina (Tomasz Dziurdzik at Ljubuški, Roman Dalmatia,) and Romania (Emil Jęczmienowski at Pojejena, Roman Dacia).

An important part of the research on the Roman army is also the non-excavation research project, the aim of which is to recreate the appearance of the building of the headquarters of the camp (principia) in Novae and its decoration, in particular the statues and altars that adorned both the temple of banners and the courtyard of the building. More on that project you can find here.

Excavations:

Poland

Czerwony Dwór, site XXI, commune Kowale Oleckie, voivodeship warmińsko-mazurskie. A cremation cemetery of the Sudovian culture. https://czerwonydwor.edu.pl

Nowy Łowicz, site 2, commune Kalisz Pomorski, voivodeship zachodniopomorskie. The barrow cemetery of the Lusatian and Wielbark cultures (in cooperation with the Museum in Koszalin). https://www.archeologia.uw.edu.pl/nowy-lowicz-cmentarzyska-i-osady/
53°20′57″N 15°46′29″E

Lake Lubanowo, commune Banie, voivodeship zachodniopomorskie. Sacrificial site from the Roman Period and early Middle Ages (research in cooperation with the Department for Underwater Archaeology, University of Warsaw). 53°07′46″N 14°36′44″E

Zgliczyn Pobodzy, site 8 and 9, commune Bieżuń, voivodeship mazowieckie. A settlement and a cemetery from the pre-Roman, Roman and Migration Periods.

Abroad

Novae (today Svishtov, northern Bulgaria). Legionary camp and late Roman town (1st-6th century AD). Research conducted in cooperation with the National Institute of Archeology and the Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia.

Grants:

English translation of the book by Bartosz Kontny, “Archeology of War. Studies on the armament of barbaric Europe in the Roman and Migration Periods”. NPRH grant no. BPM.WPH.62.45.2020.SS.

Brudnice, site V. A Cemetery from the middle of a settlement emptiness. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (program Protection of archaeological monuments). https://fundacjavaria.pl/brudnice-stan-v-nekropola-ze-srodka-pustki-osadniczej

Dąbek, site 9. A Cemetery of the Przeworsk and Wielbark cultures in northern Mazovia. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (program Protection of archaeological monuments). Facebook information page    Facebook

Extramural settlement near the Roman legionary fortress at Novae (Lower Moesia) and its fate in Late Antiquity, NCN, OPUS 10, nr UMO-2015/19B/HS3/017/90. Implementation period: 5.06.2016 – 5.06.2021. More on the project and visit our fanpage

In medio castrorum. Sculptural and epigraphic landscape of the central part of the legionary fortress at Novae, NCN, OPUS 11, nr UMO-2016/21/B/HS3/00030. Implementation period: 02.02.2017 – 01.10.2022. More on the project

 

Invitation to an open lecture

Dear Colleagues, Dear Students,

On behalf of Dr Florian Matei-Popescu from the Vasile Pârvan Institute of Archeology in Bucharest, I would like to invite you to an open lecture entitled “Roman Camps in the Lower Danube area: how do we find them?”. During the lecture Dr Matei-Popescu will present recent discoveries of the Roman marching camps which were detected with the use of non-invasive surveying methods. The lecture will be held on June 8th at 11.30 online.

Link to the meeting: https://meet.google.com/ewa-shuy-usr

The lecture will be held in English.

The lecture given by Dr. Florian Matei-Popescu at the University of Warsaw are carried out under the University’s Integrated Development Programme (ZIP), co-funded by the European Social Fund.

Yours,

Agnieszka Tomas

This year excavations for students

Dear Students,
This year’s excavations for students will be organized only in Poland, including the sites within Warsaw and its surroundings. The authorities of the Faculty will provide places for everyone. Currently, an offer is being collected from the Faculty members. Information on places and details of exercises will be announced no later than mid-May. Those who can’t arrive to Poland due to pandemic, may take part in the excavations conducted in their countries. In case of any questions, please contact dr Pyżewicz. 

Two student assistants sought in the project

As part of the ‘Forging Society at Mycenae’ project, run by Dr Stephanie Aulsebrook, two assistants are sought to travel to Greece this summer in order to take part in museum-based research. The participation in this research project will not count as part of your programme of studies, but it will be recognized as an additional professional experience. More detailed information you can find this attachment: draft advert.

If you are interested in this opportunity then please can you send your CV and a short statement (no more than 250 words) explaining your suitability for the role by May 15th to this email address: s.aulsebrook@uw.edu.pl

Please also send any questions you may have to the same email address.

Two students assistants sought in the project

As part of the ‘Forging Society at Mycenae’ project, run by Dr Stephanie Aulsebrook, two assistants are sought to travel to Greece this summer in order to take part in museum-based research. The participation in this research project will not count as part of your programme of studies, but it will be recognized as an additional professional experience. More detailed information you can find this attachment: draft advert.

If you are interested in this opportunity then please can you send your CV and a short statement (no more than 250 words) explaining your suitability for the role by May 15th to this email address: s.aulsebrook@uw.edu.pl

Please also send any questions you may have to the same email address.

Happy Easter!

Dear Students, you have started your spring holidays, so I would like to send you my Easter greetings in advance. I wish you Happy Easter, may this day bring you blessings of love, joy, peace and hope! Agnieszka Tomas

Vaccinations of academic teachers

Dear Students, currently ongoing vaccinations of academic teachers and signals from already vaccinated colleagues that the vaccination causes strong flu-like symptoms, I would like to ask you for your forbearance with regard to the shortened or even cancelled classes. Agnieszka Tomas

The list of classes held in the building

Dear Students,
with a one-day delay resulting, i.a., from the need to determine the opening hours of the building, the capacity of the rooms and the appointment of staff to disinfect the room, I would like to inform you that the list of the classes held in the Faculty building or in the museums is now available below.
The classes in the building or meetings planned in May and in June will be arranged as soon as we know the conditions and possibities of further meetings. Of course, we are all aware that our plans can change due to the third tidal wave of the Covid-2 cases.
I wish you a quick return to normality,
Yours,
Agnieszka Tomas
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