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    Dear Authors, we are receiving papers for publication in SAA, issue no. XX. The deadline for submitting the papers is August 1st, 2014.

Le phénomème funéraire dans le Paléolithique de l’Europe. La spiritualité de la déposition d’offrandes dans les tombeaux

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 18(1): 5-80 Valentin-Codrin Chirica, Iași Institute of Archaeology, Romanian Academy – Iași branch, George Bodi, Iași Institute of Archaeology, Romanian Academy – Iași branch,  Vasile Chirica, Iași Institute of Archaeology, Romanian Academy – Iași branch,  ABSTRACT We can notice that the idea that we are trying to assign to prehistoric man, that is the sacredness condition, which represents a specific feature and is manifested by voluntary deeds and actions, such as the artistic creation and the funeral phenomenon, was a specific feature of the social life of prehistoric communities. Regarding the so various burial practices, understood as representative for the will of the community members, the social relations between them, a certain state of religiosity and continuity in the prehistoric environments, we try to differentiate between ritual space and sacred space; ritual space cannot be permanently equated, especially for the localizations of its manifestations, to the(…)

The East-West alignment in Neolithic on the South-Eastern Romania

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 18(1): 81-91 Iharka Szücs-Csillik, Astronomical Observatory, Cluj-Napoca,  Alexandra Comșa, “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest, ABSTRACT Alignment is a static orientation of some objects, or set of objects, in relation to others. In archaeoastronomy we can separate stone alignments (stone rows) and alignments connected with orientation (e.g. graves, or skeletons orientation). The object of our research is to emphasize the importance of orientation in the Neolithic time, which we can determine by using a magnetic compass. Our collected data led us to conclude that solar observation was the determinant of orientation. More particularly, the rising of the sun above the horizon and possibly, though less frequently, the setting sun, provided the alignment. It was possible to show a close correlation with sunrise, or sunset at feast days, that is, the day on which the venerated God was celebrated, at Easter and on true east, determined by(…)

Coping with the landscape: subsistence strategies of Late Bronze Age communities within the Bârlad basin, Eastern Romania

The article is a sequence of a wider research concerning Late Bronze Age habitat in the basin of the Bârlad river (Eastern part of Romania). Though there are known few similar papers, the novelty of this one is given by the detailed analysis, whose main result is obtaining a wider perspective on a less studied region. The starting point is the database that recorded the Noua culture’s sites from the specified region. From the purpuses of this article, I emphasise the identification of strategies used by Late Bronze Age communities to adapt to the peculiarities of the studied region.

Digitalizing paper documentation — on the example of an early Celtic settlement Altdorf „Am Friedhof” in Germany, in the program Arcview

Changing paper documentation into digital one, guarantees easy access and transmission of information about archaeological sites and helps in creating new, more accurate data, which was not possible previously . An Archaeological Information System (abbreviation AIS) created from the digitized paper documentation should be easy put to use, enables quick and effective management of previously collected materials, and should allow the comparison of analysis, description of features and inventory of artifacts . Digitalization should also permit the visualization of the results in an understandable and interesting way. The documentation presented here comes from site Altdorf „Am Friedhof” in Germany and was made in traditional way. During excavation archaeologist discovered an early Celtic settlement, along with numerous deposits of daub, bone and pottery . All finds were documented in three dimensions, which allowed the use of GIS during interpretation of the results. This paper presents, point by point, the steps of computing a paper documentation to a digital one, and then creating an Archaeological Information System of the archaeological site.

Note épigraphique sur les Valerii de l’inscription ISM V, 137

Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 18(1): 125-126 Lucrețiu Mihăilescu-Bîrliba, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, ABSTRACT The author presents a prosopographical note on Valerii mentioned in the inscription ISM V, 137 from Troesmis (Moesia Inferior), which consists in a list of freed soldiers at 134 AD. Autorul prezintă o notă prosopografică a persoanelor cu gentiliciul Valerius din inscripţia ISM V, 137 de la Troesmis (Moesia Inferior), inscripţie care conţine listă a militarilor lăsaţi la vatră în anul 134 p. Chr.   KEYWORDS Troesmis, legio V Macedonica, Valerii. FULL ARTICLE Download PDF (free)