Recent Archaeological Investigations in the Meseș Gate pass (Dacia Porolissensis). The Roman Frontier Watchtower from Poguior Hill

Cercetări Arheologice 26, 2019, 83-102
https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.26.02



Recent Archaeological Investigations in the Meseș Gate pass (Dacia Porolissensis). The Roman Frontier Watchtower from Poguior Hill


Authors: Horațiu Cociș, Ioan Bejinariu

Keywords: Roman frontier, Dacia Porolissensis, Poguior Hill, watchtower, archaeological excavation.

Abstract:

The Meseș Gate Pass represented a key crossing point used in different historical periods, from the Bronze Age up to the 20th century, by various populations and for different purposes. If the Prehistoric, the La Tène and the medieval communities controlled the pass by the means of strategic fortifications, the Romans integrated it in a larger and more organized system called limes-the frontier of the Roman Empire. During the existence of the province of Dacia (Porolissensis), the Meseș Gate Pass was organized as one of the main transit areas within the north-western frontier, being fortified with a linear fortification (a wall), surveyed by two watchtowers and controlled by a valley fortlet. In this article we will focus on the watchtower from Poguior Hill, a key element of the Roman frontier organization from the Meseș Gate Pass which was the subject of a recent archaeological excavation.

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How to cite: Horațiu Cociș, Ioan Bejinariu, Recent Archaeological Investigations in the Meseș Gate pass (Dacia Porolissensis). The Roman Frontier Watchtower from Poguior Hill, Cercetări Arheologice, Vol. 26, pag. 83-102, 2019, doi: https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.26.02


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