The Annual Scientific Session of the „Vasile Pârvan” Archaeology Institute from Bucharest
Dr. Alexandru Popa took part between the 27th – 29th March 2013 at the Annual Scientific Session of the „Vasile Pârvan” Archaeology Institute from Bucharest.
His presentation called „Once again upon the structure and dynamics of Roman provincial „Imports” from east of the roman Province Dacia” highlighted the issues regarding the relations of romans and their neighbours found on the other side of the limes
The author intended to shortly present the spectrum and the chronology of the so called roman provincial „Imports” in the territories from east of the roman Province Dacia. The main aim of the research includes an attempt to carry forth the most important issues concerning the relations of the non-roman populations with the Empire, based on these „imports”. The work hypothesis consists in the fact that the distribution in time and space of the „roman imports” reflects the dynamic of the multilateral political, economic, social and cultural relationships of the Roman Empire and the groups of populations on the other side of the Limes.
In his research the author did not intend to approach exhaustively all the finds of roman provincial origin, but to select those inventory categories that can offer a range of analysis and interpretation possibilities, through their advanced state of research and as well through the large number of found pieces. As a result of this selection, based on the mentioned criteria, the first line of objects consists of pots and vessels, made of bronze, silver, glass and clay.
One of the main conclusions of this study is connected to the observation according to which the maximum influx of the roman provincial goods in the barbaricum east of roman Province Dacia was attested in the period of the roman or barbarian military offensives. Thus, it was observed that the influx of the so called roman provincial „imports” in the barbaricum was stimulated by the war periods and not by the periods of peace! It becomes obvious that the paradigm of „the development of economic relations in periods of peace” between romans and barbarians must be re-analysed and maybe corrected.