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The limes of Roman Dacia near the auxiliary fort of Bologa. An application of GIS viewshed analysis

Nagy, Edmond LU (2017) ARKM24 20171
Classical archaeology and ancient history
Abstract
This thesis examines the frontier defensive system found in the vicinity of the Roman auxiliary fort near modern-day Bologa, Cluj County, Romania. The goal is to study the visual relationship between the more certain watchtowers and the other military installations (the auxiliary fort and other fortlets) to understand how arrangements and visibility might have contributed to the functioning of the local and the provincial defensive system. Although the
study focuses only on a smaller section of the Roman frontier, and covers a more limited timeframe (second to third century), the results obtained might be relevant to other parts of the Roman Empire, where characteristics similar to this section had been found. Frontier defences were... (More)
This thesis examines the frontier defensive system found in the vicinity of the Roman auxiliary fort near modern-day Bologa, Cluj County, Romania. The goal is to study the visual relationship between the more certain watchtowers and the other military installations (the auxiliary fort and other fortlets) to understand how arrangements and visibility might have contributed to the functioning of the local and the provincial defensive system. Although the
study focuses only on a smaller section of the Roman frontier, and covers a more limited timeframe (second to third century), the results obtained might be relevant to other parts of the Roman Empire, where characteristics similar to this section had been found. Frontier defences were important for preserving peace and stability within the borders of the Empire, and studying them would help researchers understand how that was achieved at different
times in different places. In the first part of my thesis, a general overview of Roman military installations and frontiers is provided. Next, the research history of the sites examined in this study is presented, followed by a more detailed discussion about the aims, sources and methodology. After that, the type of analysis performed in this thesis is explained, followed by a step by step documentation of the entire process. Towards the end, the results are presented, discussed and interpreted in relation to previous research on these archaeological sites, but also in relation to those found in other relevant locations, as well as Roman provincial and imperial defenses in general. The conclusion is that this section of the limes seems to display
characteristics typical for a defensive system. (Less)
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author
Nagy, Edmond LU
supervisor
organization
course
ARKM24 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Roman frontiers, limes, Roman army, watchtowers, signaling, Roman Dacia
language
English
id
8917560
date added to LUP
2017-09-04 13:36:04
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines the frontier defensive system found in the vicinity of the Roman auxiliary fort near modern-day Bologa, Cluj County, Romania. The goal is to study the visual relationship between the more certain watchtowers and the other military installations (the auxiliary fort and other fortlets) to understand how arrangements and visibility might have contributed to the functioning of the local and the provincial defensive system. Although the
study focuses only on a smaller section of the Roman frontier, and covers a more limited timeframe (second to third century), the results obtained might be relevant to other parts of the Roman Empire, where characteristics similar to this section had been found. Frontier defences were important for preserving peace and stability within the borders of the Empire, and studying them would help researchers understand how that was achieved at different
times in different places. In the first part of my thesis, a general overview of Roman military installations and frontiers is provided. Next, the research history of the sites examined in this study is presented, followed by a more detailed discussion about the aims, sources and methodology. After that, the type of analysis performed in this thesis is explained, followed by a step by step documentation of the entire process. Towards the end, the results are presented, discussed and interpreted in relation to previous research on these archaeological sites, but also in relation to those found in other relevant locations, as well as Roman provincial and imperial defenses in general. The conclusion is that this section of the limes seems to display
characteristics typical for a defensive system.},
  author       = {Nagy, Edmond},
  keyword      = {Roman frontiers,limes,Roman army,watchtowers,signaling,Roman Dacia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The limes of Roman Dacia near the auxiliary fort of Bologa. An application of GIS viewshed analysis},
  year         = {2017},
}