The Project Of
We want to initiate a project, which will lead to the achievement of Cultural Educational Park in Botosani County linked to Mihai Eminescu Memorial, Dacians Fortifications from Stancesti and Agafton Monastery Complex.
As you probably know, Mihai Eminescu is the greatest Romanian poet born in 1850, in Botosani City, and was brought up in the village Ipoteşti (today named Mihai Eminescu).
Mihai Eminescu Memorial is a complex institution with a library, an open-air anfitheater, conferece hall, museum spaces for acomodation etc. Near the village there is a big forest with many ponds and lakes
Agatfton Monastery is a complex spread over 14 ha, where are more than 80 buildings looked after by nuns.
Near Agafton Monastery there is a Summer Camp for pupils named „Luceafărul” (Morning Star) situated in the forest too.
Mihai Eminescu Memorial, the blue lake of the forests and Agafton Monastery Complex are now ready to receive tourists but Dacians Sites are not entirely prepared for cultural tourism.
Our first goal is to organize the archaeological site of the two fortifications (spread over 60 ha) both included in The National Historical Monuments at position 07.A.084 as Archaeological Monument of National Importance and in the Law 5/2000 as Protected Areas, and to include them in a tourist tour (as a second aim).
The place of the first ancient fortification (century VI-IV BC) is marked nowadays by a (vallum) precinct earthwork wall 5 meters high, 24 m large at base, bordering 22 ha of inner area.
The archeologists discovered here half underground earth houses, Chios amphorae, and local style earthenware pots made by hand or with “potter wheel”. The pottery is made in Hallstat tradition in many forms and for many purposes.
The second site without earth wall has surface living places (century IV BC).
Until now, only 10 percent of the first site was archeologically searched and 82 living complexes are discovered with their iron tools (scythes, cutters, needles, wood carving tools), bone tools like needles, weights for waving loom, lance points, arrows heads made of bronze, imported ceramic from Ancient Greek cities of Chios, Thasos, Thyras and Pontic Heracleea City.
The most interesting discoveries are the horse-harness zoomorphic pieces made of gold, bronze and iron. The gold piece (as in the first attached picture) is a representation of a fantastic animal with fish body, head of wild boar and bird tail (probably the local flag or coat of arms of local chiefs)
This main document has attached: 1 map, views of 2 pieces discovered at Dacian Fortifications and a some pictures from the place of this project.
Head of European Integration and Foreign Affaires Bureau
Botosani County Prefecture,
Botoşani, November 2005