Ottoman-Turkish Archaeological Research in
Arad County. Turkish Strongholds in the Second
Half of the 16th Century between Mureș and Crișul
Alb (The Beginning of a thematic Approach) Cover Image

Ottoman-Turkish Archaeological Research in Arad County. Turkish Strongholds in the Second Half of the 16th Century between Mureș and Crișul Alb (The Beginning of a thematic Approach)
Ottoman-Turkish Archaeological Research in Arad County. Turkish Strongholds in the Second Half of the 16th Century between Mureș and Crișul Alb (The Beginning of a thematic Approach)

Author(s): Florin Mărginean
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Editura Mega
Keywords: Ottoman-Turkish archaeology; border-defense system; strongholds; garrison; material culture

Summary/Abstract: The article aims at bringing into the attention of those interested several aspects connectedto the history of research of certain sites from the Ottoman Period on the territory of the present-day countyof Arad, discoveries possibly too unfairly and disinterestedly approached by Romanian archaeology. The maingoal is to present the situation of certain fortified points, strongholds where small garrisons are attested by thewritten sources. Their location was most often in former medieval objectives (generally fortifications, castles orchurches), spots that ensured protection in the frontier region between the Empire and Principality in a smallsegment between rivers Mureș and Criș during the second half of the 16th century. The limited character of thestudy is rendered by the approach of the topic through three case studies, of sites where small garrisons can belocated. To this end I have attempted to correlate the documentary sources with the archaeological evidence. Thearticle thus focuses on the discoveries made in Chelmac, Vărădia de Mureș and Tauț that describe part of thatmobile frontier, not very well set, that has led to the conclusion of a condominium between the Ottoman rule andthe Principality.

  • Issue Year: 30/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 211-228
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English