COSTESTI – Experimental Archaeology Workshop

In September 2008, the County Department for Culture, Cults, and National Cultural Patrimony Hunedoara has launched the project entitled „PATRIMONIUL DIN INIMA DACIEI” [The Patrimony from the Heart of Dacia], in which one of the activities aimed at constructing a workshop of experimental archaeology in Costeşti. 

An agreement of collaboration was signed for this workshop by the County Department for Culture, Cults, and National Cultural Patrimony Hunedoara and the County Department for Youth, Hunedoara and a partnership between Terra Dacica Aeterna association and the County Department for Culture, Cults, and National Cultural Patrimony Hunedoara for the construction of the workshop and the implementation of the project’s activities, on 08.04.2009.

The workshop was built on a site provided by the County Department for Youth, Hunedoara at the Youth Center in Costeşti. Paul Cheptea designed the project for the construction.
Most of the required materials were donated:

  • Mr. Renato Vizintin provided the timber required for the structural frame; he transported it and provided specialized consultancy;
  • The Town Hall of Orăştioara de Sus provided the gravel and cement for the load-bearing posts, and also helped with working power;
  • The Corvinilor Castle Museum donated the roof tiles;
  • Transportation means for the materials were ensured by County Department for Youth, Hunedoara and the Dacian and Roman Civilization Museum;
  • Bricks needed for the construction of the kiln and forge were donated by a company from Hunedoara and Refractara from Baru Mare, through the mediation of the mayor of Baru Mare, who also ensured the transportation;
  • The working force consisted of various volunteers: from Terra Dacica Aeterna, the Department for Culture Hunedoara, the Dacian and Roman Civilization Museum, and the Town Hall of Orăştioara de Sus.

The following elements were thus made: a pottery kiln, a potter’s wheel, a forge, specific installations for a blacksmith’s workshop, weaving frames, sets of ancient games.
For the walls of the workshop, Terra Dacica Aeterna association bought the required timber and built the walls.
After the workshop was built, various activities were organized with pupils from the county of Hunedoara, but also from the rest of the country.
The workshop was used during a project of experimental archaeology implemented by the association Archaeotek-Canada.

The workshop in Costesti

The pottery kiln in Costesti

The forge in Costesti

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