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                                       Scientific Report
                         Project PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054
                               January – December 2015
 
A. Joint research goals:
1. Editing of Sever Peter Botan’ book – Glass Vessels between the
Carpathian Mountains and the Pruth River (II. Chr. - II p. Chr. centuries),
Mega Publishing House: Cluj-Napoca, 2015, 363 p. We mention that in
this editorial project, extending over six months (January to June
2015), besides Victor Cojocaru (project manager and coordinator of
the collection “Pontic et Mediterranea”) have been involved the
following members of the project: Costel Chiriac, Florian Matei Popescu
Madalina Dana.
 
2. The International Symposium “Mobility in Research on the Black Sea
Region (PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054 and PN-II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0490 to H2020”
was a key intermediary activity (as stated in the project proposal) aimed at
contributing to the successful accomplishment of the project. It took place
on July 5-10 and was attended by all project team members and by guest
specialists. The main purpose of this activity was to present the research
results obtained so far and prepare these studies for publication in a
collective volume. By organizing this event in Iasi (in partnership
collaboration with the German Cultural Centre Iaşi) we intended to increase
the national and international visibility of our project goals and involve
a greater number of national and international researchers into our research
endeavors. We would like to emphasize that one of the goals underlined
in the project proposal is to develop of an international network on topics
related to Black Sea within Greek and Roman times or Romanization and
barbarization of Rome. The fact that the above-mentioned event was
attended by not less than 45 researchers from 10 countries, many of them
scholars known worldwide, made us consider this goal as successfully
accomplished, in spite of the fact that it seemed extremely difficult to be
reached when we launched our project proposal. What we meant was
building a network comprising specialists interested in research on the
field of Black Sea in antiquity, a network which could lead us towards
obtaining European funded projects. The agenda and abstracts of the
presentations can be found on the project website (www.ponticgreekcities.ro).
We mention here only referents from outside the project, with institutional
affiliation, to give an idea of this network: prof. dr. Altay Coşkun (University
of Waterloo ON/Canada); dr. Alexander Rubel (Institute of Archaeology,
Iaşi/Romania); conf. dr. Alexey V. Belousov (Lomonosov Moscow State
University/Russia); drd. Thibaut Castelli (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre
La Défense/Franţa); prof. dr. Johannes Nollé (DAI Munich/Germania); prof.
dr. Mustafa H. Sayar (University of Istanbul/Turcia); conf. dr. Marta
Oller Guzmán (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/Spania); dr. Igor
Makarov (Centre for Comparative Studies on Ancient Civilizations, Russian
Academy of Sciences, Moscow/Rusia); prof. dr. Michael A. Speidel
(Universities of Zürich and Bern/Elveţia); prof. dr. Lucreţiu Mihailescu-Bîrliba
(Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi/România); dr. Lavinia Grumeza
(Institute of Archaeology and History of Art of Cluj/România); dr. Vitalie Bârcă
(Institute of Archaeology and History of Art of Cluj/România); prof. dr. Askold
Ivantchik (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Moscow/Rusia & Institute Ausonius, CNRS, Bordeaux/Franţa); dr. Maria
Alexandrescu-Vianu (Vasile Pârvan Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest);
conf. dr. Alexander Baumgarten (Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj/România);
dr. Anna Ginestí Rosell (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt/
Germania); dr. Johanna Leithoff (Universität Erfurt/Germania); prof. dr.
Tassilo Schmitt (Universität Bremen/Germania); conf. dr. Claire
Barat (University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis/Franţa);
prof. dr. Octavian Bounegru (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi/România);
conf. dr. Dan Ruscu (Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj); dr. Sergei Bocharov
(Kazan Federal University/Rusia); dr. Constantin Chera, dr. Gabriel Custurea,
dr. Irina Nastasi, dr. Gabriel Talmaţchi (Museum of National History and
Archaeology Constanţa); prof. dr. Yegan Kahya-Sayar (TU Istanbul).
On this occasion, a brochure was printed (55 copies x 60 pages)
containing the event program and abstracts of communications in
electronic form which can be found
at the link below: http://www.ponticgreekcities.ro/media/files/Conference%
20brochure%2C%20Iasi%2C%20July%205.
Please be noted that the successful deployment of the symposium supposed
an intense correspondence held with expected conferrers throughout 2014
and the first half of 2015. The discussions held during 2014 allowed
consolidation of collaboration with members of another “Idei” project, meant
to increase the scientific impact of national and international. It is about the
project PN-II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0490 The “Other” in Action. The Barbarization of
Rome and the Romanization of the World (http://arheo.ro/romanization). The
discussions between members of two projects determined the symposium
headline – “Mobility in the Black Sea Region Research on
(PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054 and PN-II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0490 to H2020)”.
The major responsibility for organizing this symposium was undertaken by the
project director supported by the following team members: Mădălina Dana,
Costel Chiriac, George Bilavschi, Diana Stah, Sever-Petru Boţan, Lucian
Munteanu, Margareta Munteanu.
 
3. Foreign study visits. Three foreign trips were undertaken: München/
Germania, April 20 – May 5 (Victor Cojocaru), Prague/Czech Republic, May 18-
23 (Victor Cojocaru), Simferopol and Anapa/Russia, November 7-17 (Victor
Cojocaru). The exact dates, including the scientific and business reports
related to the trips are included in the expenditure record sheet.
 
4. Domestic study visits. Fifteen project-related domestic trips were
undertaken (to institutions and archaeological sites in the country). We would
like to mention the field trips undertaken by some of the team members:
Constanţa, March 16 – April 7 (George BILAVSCHI, Sever-Petru BOŢAN, Victor
COJOCARU, Lucian MUNTEANU); Cluj-Napoca, April 15-17 (Victor COJOCARU);
Cluj-Napoca, April 15-21 (Sever-Petru BOŢAN); Cluj-Napoca, April 23 – May 12
(George BILAVSCHI, Sever-Petru BOŢAN, Lucian MUNTEANU); Constanţa and
Slava Rusa – Ibida, July 20 – August 18 (George BILAVSCHI, Sever-Petru
BOŢAN, Victor COJOCARU, Lucian MUNTEANU); Bucharest, September 9-10 /
17-18 Victor COJOCARU); Constanţa, Octomber 5-8 (Victor COJOCARU). Other
sixteen trips were undertaken by the team members and participants outside
the project when have attended to the mentioned above international symposium
held Iasi – see Section A.2. The exact dates related to all domestic study visits
can be found in the expenditure record sheet.
 
5. Presentations at international congresses and symposia (dissemination).
Fifteen project-related presentations were made by team members at the
following scientific events: International Symposium „Contacts, migrations
and climate change, in honour of prof. Dr. Jan Bouzek”, Prague/Czech Republic,
May 19-23 (Victor COJOCARU: Réflexions sur quelques traits particuliers du
corps civique dans les villes grecques nord-pontiques); International
Symposium “Mobility in Research on the Black Sea Region (PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-
0054 and PN-II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0490 to H2020)”, Iaşi/Romania, July 5-10 (Victor
COJOCARU: PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054: Ergebnisse und Perspektiven, Florina
PANAIT BÎRZESCU & Iulian BÎRZESCU: Umdeutungen griechischer Kultbilder
in den antiken Städten des Schwarzmeergebietes, Sever-Petru BOŢAN &
Costel CHIRIAC: State of the Art and Prospective Research Directions on
Hellenistic and Roman Glass from the Pontus Euxinus, Livia BUZOIANU: Les
relations économiques de Callatis à l’époque hellénistique basées sur les
découvertes de timbres amphoriques, Ligia RUSCU: Greeks, Romans and
Natives in Poleis of Thrace and Pontus, Florian MATEI-POPESCU: The Thracian
strategiae in Scythia Minor, Lucian MUNTEANU: Numismatic and Sphragistic
Research in the Western Pontic Area, Mădălina DANA: Écriture, échanges et
contacts dans les sociétés grecques anciennes: la correspondance privée sur
plomb et sur tesson, du VIe au IIIe s. av. J.-C., Diana STAH: Social Sciences
and Humanities in Horizon 2020, George BILAVSCHI, Victor COJOCARU &
Diana STAH: Romanian Academy, Iaşi Branch. Institutional Perspectives on
the Project ”In Search of the Pontic Community”); Simpozionul internaţional
„Pontica 2015: Un secol de arheologie la Tomis. Instituţii şi personalităţii”,
Constanţa/România, 6-7 octombrie (Victor COJOCARU: Emitenți şi beneficiari
ai decretelor de proxenie în spaţiul pontic, Lucian MUNTEANU: Cercetări
arheologice în zona extra-murană a cetăţii Ibida [în colaborare cu Ştefan Honcu],
Lucian MUNTEANU: Moneda romană în hinterlandul provinciilor Dacia şi Moesia
Inferior); Scientific School of Young Scientists „The Crimea in the system of
political and economic connections with Black Sea and Mediterranean”,
Simferopol & Anapa/Russia, November 9-14 (Victor COJOCARU:
Connections of the Crimea with Black Sea and Mediterranean according to the
lapidary epigraphics).
 
6. Presentations at national scientific conferences and symposia
(dissemination). Five project-related presentations were made by the team
members at the following scientific events: Institute of Archaeology in Iasi,
March 25 (Victor COJOCARU: Consideraţii asupra unor trăsături particulare ale
corpului civic în cetăţile nord-pontice. I. Phylai; George BILAVSCHI:
Prezentarea volumului Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Pontic World
during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods); National Symposium „Cercetări
arheologice desfăşurate de Institutul de Arheologie din Iaşi. Campania 2015”,
Octomber 9 (Sever-Petru BOŢAN: Un fragment de pahar Nuppengläsern de la
Ibida. Consideraţii cu privire la reprezentativitatea acestui tip de material la
Dunărea de Jos; Lucian MUNTEANU: Descoperiri monetare din Târgul
Romanului (punctul „La Bibliotecă”) [în colaborare cu George Dan Hânceanu]);
Simpozionul naţional „Zilele Universităţii «Al. I. Cuza»”, 23 octombrie (Victor
COJOCARU: Proxenoi în spaţiul pontic. Statut şi natura serviciilor oferite).
 
7. Publications (dissemination). We published the book Sever Peter Botan,
Glass Vessels between the Carpathian Mountains and the Pruth River (II. Chr.
- II p. Chr. centuries), Mega Publishing House: Cluj-Napoca, 2015, 363 p.
The work comprises the analyzes related to production and trade of glass
vessels in the Black Sea basin. The fact that our work was published by
a Romanian publishing house accredited by CNCS is an eloquent proof
for the successful accomplishment of the stated interim project goals (see
below, part B). By publishing this work [= P&M IV] has been continued the
new collection – Pontica et Mediterranea (edited by Victor Cojocaru;
initiated in 2013 with publishing of the book Poleis [= P&M I], and continued
in 2014 with other two volumes BCOSPE I [= P&M II] şi Interconnectivity
[P&M III]) – aimed at supporting the promotion of studies on ancient
history, epigraphy, classical archeology, numismatics and iconography.
In addition to the two books and three collective volumes - summing up
a total of 2407 pages - the enquiry results carried out so far within the
project, had been integrated in fifty-one other studies and papers, and
eight extensive critical reviews which were published (eight of them) or
accepted for publication. More details about these papers
can be found on the project website (www.ponticgreekcities.ro,
Publications). Please note that all above-mentioned studies indicate the
name and number of the funding contract as follows: “This work was
supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority of Scientific
Research, CNCS - UEFISCDI, project number PN- II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054”.
Also, a brochure was printed (55 copies x 60 pages) containing the
Symposium event program and abstracts of communications in electronic
form (informations can be found at the link below:
http://www.ponticgreekcities.ro/media/files/Conference%20brochure%2C%
20Iasi%2C%20July%205; see Section A.2).
 
8. Project website (dissemination). Our project website
(www.ponticgreekcities.ro) has been continuously updated being
accessible in its Romanian and English version. The site provides
data about the project itself, team members and more details reflecting
the activities carried out by us. The address can be accessed by all
known search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, Bing, Duck Duck Go, Yippy,
Dogpile, Yandex, The Internet Archive, etc.). The two main menus acquired
two more buttons – Publications and Useful Weblinks search, each of
them displaying content in Romanian and English. The other menus were
improved and complemented with new items, translated in Romanian and
English (e.g. Activities, item Symposium 2013 Timetable and Summaries;
Symposium 2015 – Timetable şi Summaries; News – items Symposium 2012,
Symposium 2013 and Symposium 2015; respectively, Books – Poleis,
Außenbeziehungen, BCOSPE I, Interconnectivity, Glass Vessels: Covers
and Contents). Responsible for updating the project webpage is George
Bilavschi. Diana Stah translated and/or checked all items in English.
The search button Activities acquired such subdomains as Activity
Reports 2011-2015. Website access was expanded to, at least, 10 other
search engines such as AltaVista, Infoseek, Coozilla, Dogpile, Lycos,
Metager, Mamma, etc. The project website address was indexed
on important specialized web pages like wihs.uwaterloo.ca,
www.megarika.ro, arheo.ro, antichitate.myforum.ro, roman.yapoga.com,
sistem.acadiasi.ro, UAIC. ro, www.vebidoo.de, www.yasni.fr,
en.cyclopaedia.net, spartokos.wordpress.com, www.bulentozturk.sakarya.
edu.tr, etc. At the same time each menu and sub-menu were continuously
updated. Our data indicate that the website has had at least 823 visitors
and was viewed around 51500 times.
 
B. Individual project goals (In what follows, we are going to present the extent to which project goals were achieved (as reflected in the proposal). Please note that more details in this regard can be found on the project website, along with publication list, data about the five volumes published and the abstracts of presentations from the International Symposium mentioned in Part A.2 of the present report).

• to obtain an overall picture of the external relations of Pontic Greek cities through exhaustive research – repertorying, mapping, commenting - the epigraphic and literary information (Victor COJOCARU, Livia BUZOIANU, Mădălina DANA, Adrian ROBU, Ligia RUSCU). We accomplished our study on inter-Pontic relations, including the relations with non-Greek populations from hinterland. This was reflected in eight papers presented on international symposia, two papers delievered on national scientific meetings, four published studies which are 76 pages altogether and one article in print: (see the link http://www.ponticgreekcities.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=67&lang=ro).
 In 2016 we purpose to publish a book (V. Cojocaru) and four papers which were presented at the international symposium (see Section A.2).

 
• to identify a possible model for the integration of the west coast of Pontus in the Roman Empire (Florian Matei-Popescu). The successful accomplishment of the mid-term goal was reflected in the paper The Thracian strategiae in Scythia Minor, which is going to be published in 2016.
 
• to make a comprehensive study regarding the production and trade of glass vessels in the Black Sea area in Hellenistic and Roman era (Costel Chiriac & Sever Botan). The successful accomplishment of the research outcomes was reflected in the publication of the book (see Section A.7) and in the paper State of the Art and Prospective Research Directions on Hellenistic and Roman Glass from the Pontus Euxinus, which is going to be published in 2016.
 
• to elaborate a comprehensive study regarding tiles production workshops in the Black Sea in the context of Hellenistic coroplastic and establish the relationship between the Pontic workshops and models of the Aegean world (Iulian Bîrzescu); to elaborate a comprehensive study regarding Pontic colonies relations with the Aegean world as reflected in the sculptural art (Florina Panait Bîrzescu). The successful accomplishment of the research results was reflected in the paper Umdeutungen griechischer Kultbilder in den antiken Städten des Schwarzmeergebietes, which is going to be published in 2016.
 
• to elaborate a comprehensive study regarding trade relations of the West coast cities in Roman times based on numismatic discoveries (Lucian Munteanu); to elaborate a comprehensive study regarding the movement of wares in western Pontic basin, reflected in discoveries of “commercial type” of seals, in the areal of Greek polis (1st-3rd Centuries AD.), very relevant to the connection with the Micro-Asian world (Costel CHIRIAC & Lucian Munteanu ). The successful accomplishment of the mid-term goal was reflected in the paper Numismatic and Sphragistic Research in the Western Pontic Area, which is going to be published in 2016.
 
• George Bilavschi and Diana Stah – through continuous support offered to the project director in issues related to management – contributed to the accomplishment of remaining project goals. Based on their contribution a frame for collaboration of the present team members in a larger international context was created. What we mean here is the exploration of possibilities of continuing the current project PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054 with a funding scheme within H2020 (SC6 – Europe in a changing world [inclusive, innovative and reflective societies], SC7 – Secure societies [protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens], MSCA), CULT-COOP-07-2017 call: Cultural heritage of European coastal and maritime regions. At the same time, we focused on the changing dynamics of European Research Policies and their potential short- and middle-term impact on opportunities to reach future resources for our current research endeavors. At this point we have already initiated a dialogue with some national and foreign partner institutions on the possibility to implement a European-funded project which could bring the research endeavors of the current project to a new level. Likewise, we count on a similarly efficient cooperation we have had so far with the administrative staff of the Romanian Academy, the Branch of Iaşi.
 
To conclude with, we believe that – in full compliance with the objectives for stage 2015 (correlated with the goals accomplished during stages 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) – we managed to reach the major goals of our project, namely, publication of two collective volumes (in 2012 and 2014) and other three books which would reflect, in a more complex and compelling way than before, the external contacts maintained among the urban Pontic communities. By organizing the International Symposium „Mobility in Research on the Black Sea Region (PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054 and PN-II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0490 to H2020)” we managed to convincingly announce our participation in an international prospective dialogue on the Greek polis in the Hellenistic and Roman era. Also, we believe that we succeeded to increase the international visibility of our research outcomes carried out so far.
 
 Visit our project website for more details related to research outcomes accomplished in the PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0054 project (www.ponticgreekcities.ro).
 
                                                                                                Project Director,
 
                                                                                            Dr. Victor Cojocaru

 

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