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SGAR and Romula-Resca candidacy for inclusion in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list

SGAR is part of the partnership formed for the research of the Reșca-Romula archaeological site, Dobrosloveni commune in Olt county, and supports the site’s candidacy for inclusion in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. As part of this consortium, SGAR took the role of organizing a field camp dedicated to geophysical research.

As part of the SGAR and Archaeogeophysics program, the Romanian Society of Applied Geophysics has promoted over time the use of geophysical methods for archaeological studies, being involved in research actions on archaeological sites from Limanu (Mangalia) 2019-2023, Reșca (Dobrosloveni ) 2021-2023 and in areas with archaeological heritage highlighted by chance (Mangalia).

The campaign of July 2023  consisted of the underground investigation utilizing ground-based geophysical equipment (Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Electromagnetics) and land surface scanning using different types of sensors (Lidar, optical, and infrared) mounted onboard UAV system DJI M300RTK.

The research of the Romula-Reșca archaeological site in Dobrosloveni (Olt) is coordinated by the University of Bucharest – Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB). More information can be accessed here: https://unibuc.ro/situl-arheologic-romula-resca-din-dobrosloveni-olt-coordonat-de-universitatea-din-bucuresti-propus-pe-lista-patrimoniului-cultural- unesco world/

“Reșca-Romula archaeological site, located in the southwestern part of Romania, in Dobrosloveni, Olt County, was once part of a strongly fortified military base network designed to protect the conquered territory of the Roman Empire in Dacia. It has particular importance in understanding the defensive strategy of the Roman Empire in Dacia, for the limes integration into Frontiers of the Roman Empire – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the landmarks of the Roman Empire in this area was the “Philip the Arab” defensive wall, which at the construction time was quite impressive, but it was destroyed under successive barbarian attacks” (Chitea et al., 2023).

Participants at the Geophysical Field Campaign of July 2023 consisted of researchers from the SGAR, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics-University of Bucharest, National Insitute of Earth Physics  and students from the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, Faculty of Physics- University of Bucharest and University of Craiova

Leaders of the field campaign: Florina Tuluca (SGAR & Faculty of Geology and Geophysics-University of Bucharest & Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy), Dragos Tataru (National Institute for Research and Development for Earth Physics, Romania)  and Archeologists Negru Mircea (Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Spiru Haret University & University of Craiova)

Results of this Field Activity were presented at the GEOSCIENCE 2023 International Conference (Click for Program & Book of Abstracts)




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