Cetatea romană de la Stânca Topalu – cariera „Margela” (sau „Mariella”). Dosarul arheologic pentru o meritată reparaţie istorică

Cercetări Arheologice 25, 2018, 181-204
https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.25.08



Cetatea romană de la Stânca Topalu - cariera „Margela” (sau „Mariella”). Dosarul arheologic pentru o meritată reparaţie istorică


Authors: Ioan C. Opriș, Cătălin Dobrinescu

Keywords: Limes; Late Roman fort; Scythia; Lower Danube; aerial photogrammetry

Abstract:

In 2006, a survey was carried out in the Roman fortification of Stânca Topalu (the ‘Cliff Topalu’, Topalu commune, Constanța County) in order to g stratigraphic information. The Stânca Topalu Fort, according to the available historical information, is most likely a fort built by an auxiliary unit, on a promontory located 4 km North of Topalu village. The Roman fortification had a quadrilateral shape with sides of about 170 x 116 m, the ancient ruins being visible on the surface in 1890. Most of the western and northern sides were destroyed by an old stone quarry, today it preserves only an area of approx. 0.66 ha. The authors of the article make use of all the known data on the fortification of Stânca Topalu. The new photographic documentation, made within the Limes National Program, highlights not only the defensive system, but also an edifice with an apse (church?), located at a short distance from the south precinct. All these data will very likely be the starting point for new systematic archaeological investigations of this fortification.

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How to cite: Ioan C. Opriș, Cătălin Dobrinescu, Cetatea romană de la Stânca Topalu - cariera „Margela” (sau „Mariella”). Dosarul arheologic pentru o meritată reparaţie istorică, Cercetări Arheologice, Vol. 25, pag. 181-204, 2018, doi: https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.25.08


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