At the begining of this year's campaign, the Orgame/Argamum research team went in a field trip to the roman city of Tropaeum Traiani (29th july 2011).
Tropaeum Traiani was build by Trajan after the dacian-roman wars of 101-102, 105-106, along with the triumphal monument near by. The city was rebuild by the emperors Constantine and Licinius according to the foundation inscription discovered during the excavations. The city is an important center in the Scythia Minor province, especially in the later period (4th-6th centuries), as we can assertain from the 4 chrystian basilicas inside the city, one extra muros and another cemeterial one. There is also a civil basilica inside the city walls (forensis), very well preserved, including it's column bases. Tropaeum Traiani was build according to the classical urban plan, with 2 main streets (cardo and decumana), of which via principalis is very well preserved, including it's underground sewerage sistem.
Special thanks to Prof. Carol Căpiţă for the wonderful tour of the city.
- Blog created and administrated by: Dr. Vasilica Lungu (excavation director of Orgame necropolis), Dr. Alexandra Dolea, Dr. Alina Mușat-Streinu and Dr. Marius Streinu. Orgame/Argamum is one of the most important archaeological sites along the Black Sea coast. The pattern of habitation for the area lasts, with small periods of interruption, almost two millennia. The archaeological discoveries fully illustrate this interval, starting about the 13th century and divided into the following periods: Bronze Age (13th century B.C); Early Iron Age (10th – 8th centuries B.C.); Archaic and Classical (7th – 4th centuries B.C.); Hellenistic (3rd – 2nd centuries B.C.); Early Roman (2nd – 4th centuries A.D.) and Late Roman (4th – 7th centuries A.D.).