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The Radovan Site



This page represents a very important new direction and area for research for the Alexis Team. In past explorations, we have researched and documented known archeological sites.

Over the course of the last eight years, Dr Gheorghe has learned a great deal about the ancient history of Oltenia, and has made many important discoveries.

He proposes a hypothesis:

"All villages of the present day in Oltenia have roots going back thousands of years. Thus any present day community will have an ancient village under it, around it, or very close by."

There are good reasons for this hypothesis.

A village is sited where there is good land, good water, and the possibility of communication and trade with other villages in the area.

These qualities will have been just as evident in ancient times as they are now. Thus the hypothesis leads to this important prediction, which if proved to be true will elevate it to the status of a Scientific Theory:

"If we take a village in Oltenia for which there is no present evidence for an ancient site, then if it has a good water source, either from a river or a spring, and there is good agricultural land around it, then we should find evidence of previous occupation in ancient times."

Pointers and confirmation of previous occupation will be from artefacts discovered, stone age Tumuls (artificial hills), and evidence of Roman occupation from the area under investigation.

To test this hypothesis, Dr Gheorghe chose a village with no evidence so far for being an ancient site, Radovan Village.

He began looking for a possible site in the Radovan village area. This site would have a spring near it, and either an artificial stone age hill, or good land which would have made it attractive to the Romans, or more likely both. Radovan village is placed on the right bank of the Desnatui River, where a small field is between the village and the river. If there is a stone age site, when almost all stone age villages were in the middle of the fields, which had to be good for agriculture, and near a source of water. Together with Alina, Catalin and the specialist Dorel Bondoc, the Alexis team explored the right bank of the Desnatui River, close by Radovan village, and found nothing of any value.

Then when they searched the left bank of the river, and climbed the hills of Podisuul Getic, where there is another small field on top of the hill, they found a Bronze age site, about two kilometres from Radovan village, as well as a possible Tumul, over two hundred metres to the east of the Bronze age site, as well as another Middle Ages site, near the Tumul area.

Almost all Bronze Age villages are hidden on the hills, protected by valleys and forests from the eyes of enemies. When searching, it is necessary to see the land as it was many years ago, with huge forests, hills which may have disappeared, sources of water that have become disused, and so on.

The site would have had a huge forest, a small field with good agricultural ground, and a river, the Desnatui close by in the valley.

Thus it was no surprise, but a welcome result, to find a huge Bronze Age site, with a lot of pottery and fireplaces, and even a possible Tumul.

After consulting his database, the specialist Dorel Bondoc confirmed that we have found an ancient and New site, which bears out the hypothesis for this site, the first for which it has been tested.

In 2010, Adrian will choose another present day village with no information about ancient sites, and test the hypothesis further.





Special Note


The Alexis Project has taken up this Radovan Experiment as a way to help the search for archaeological sites, to find them, to save them, and also to promote them.

In this very hard task, a lot of people were involved in the search and promotion:
To all of them, our gratitude for their courage, their care for our history, and for their demonstration that they are Romanian People with a capital P.






Valea Rea

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Alex writes:

I and my father, together with Dr Alina Bologa went to the Radovan area, to walk along the Bad Valley (Valea Rea) for a couple of kilometres upstream from where my father previously stopped his searches for a site.



Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 12th September 2010




Valea Rea

Also, as you know, Bad Valley is a natural reserve, so the landscape is astonishingly beautiful, as you can see in these photos. Still, due to the many springs that can be seen on the hills to the left and right of Valea Rea river, there are many swamps that barred our way while moving upstream.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 12th September 2010




Valea Rea

And, sometimes, dear Don, life can be hard for those who walk in the wild. One step is all it takes to get waist deep in to the muddy water and it isn't a nice experience, I can tell you that.

My father had the bad luck (bad luck in the bad valley, strange, don't you think?) to miscalculate one step, and the effect you can see in this photo. We laughed about it but he surely didn't feel so good. I was also in danger few times of getting really wet and dirty, but I managed some good jumps over the river, to switch to the other shore when the one that I was on was too swampy.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 12th September 2010




Valea Rea
We found several new artefacts, as you can see in this photo, some of them with very fine details carved in the ceramic surface. It is interesting to see that we found those artefacts for a considerable distance along the river, so we believe the original site to be upstream, and that the water brings the artefacts and washes them on to the banks, or should I say, on the bank: we have found ALL artefacts on the right bank, without any obvious reason.

It may be that the riverbed has moved to the left since the artefacts were deposited, and we are now walking on the former riverbed.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 12th September 2010




Valea Rea


But we had a good time, we had the chance to see some beautiful landscapes and we also found interesting artefacts. Therefore, it is certain we will come back to this area, to search for more.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 12th September 2010









Animal Bones Site

Animal Bones site

In the Bad Valley area, around the Titanic hill, where the iron tools were discovered, about one hundred metres further up the valley, on the same side of the small river there, a collection of bones about 25 - 30 cm underground was found, near the running water of the river.

At N=44.05593° E=23.65209° a deer bone was found, 25 cm long and 4 cm in diameter.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 22nd August 2010




Animal Bones site

At N=44.15600° E=23.05223° there was a large bone over 40 cm long, and 6 cm in diameter.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 22nd August 2010




Animal Bones site

At N=44.105615° E=23.65313° there was a small bone 10 cm long and 2 cm diameter, cut carefully on the top (hand-made!!!)

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 22nd August 2010




Animal Bones site

At N=44.15612° E=23.63574° there was a small bone, about 8 cm long and 2 cm diameter.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 22nd August 2010




Starting with this GPS point, climbing the valley to a forest, far away from here, there are a lot of small stones in the river, as though a very old river was here in ancient times, coming from the end of Titanic Hill, to Bad Valley, and from here to Radovan village.

Dr Gheorghe believes that the site is in the upper part of the valley, just where the Titanic Hill ends, where there is a forest, as well as a lot of springs which were, in ancient times, the source of a river, covered with stones in its depths, coming down to Bad Valley and to Radovan village, bringing with it a lot of artefacts (pottery, bones, bricks etc) which may be found today covered with clay, coming from the hills which border the stream on each side.

It will be necessary to come back in November to search in the upper part of this valley for the ancient site, and to show the bones to one of the specialists at Oltenia Museum, such as the important and knowledgeable specialist Aurelian Popescu.





Iron Tools

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Adrian was in Bad Valley at the beginning of August, together with Exp.Arch.Dr.Dorel Bondoc, from Oltenia Museum, to search again in the region of the Titanic Hill.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 1st August 2010




Radovan site

The weather was rainy, the ground was very wet, and there was a lot of mud. They were in Bad Valley, just near Titanic Hill, on the right bank of a small river, near a huge tree, at the GPS points

N=44.155624° E=23.659616°

when Dorel found two iron agricultural tools from Dacian times, 1st century BC to 1st century AD.


These iron tools are very rare in Oltenia, and it seems that there must have been a small storage pit here with agricultural tools, as Dorel indicated.

These artefacts are very important for the Oltenia area, so the tools will be given to the general manager of the Oltenia Museum, Prof. Dr Mihai Fifor to protect them inside the museum collection as very important pieces.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 1st August 2010




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Adrian muses:

My heart tells me a different story. Both tools were put in a special position, and I dream about two agricultural workers from ancient times, a man and a woman, working in the middle of a field.

They take a break for lunch, so they put the tools down on the ground near them, for a short time.

But along the valley comes a rider with his huge, dark horse - a warrior is coming, with a long rope in his right hand, with two iron balls on one end, swinging it around his head, promising death to the workers. They either escape to the upper part of the valley, but never come back to their work, fearing death, or they are struck down where they stand. Iron tools would never have been left in a storage area, since they were very valuable in those days.


Photo: Google Earth 1st August 2010









Titanic Hill

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Since we were in the Radovan area, looking for new sites, using the theory that an unknown site must be where there is a hill, protected behind by a forest, and below the hill a river, and not so far away a grassy field, we found a huge hill in the corner of Bad valley, to the south of Radovan village.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th May 2010




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This hill looks like a boat, the Titanic, waiting to enter the harbour of Bad valley.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th May 2010




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This Titanic hill is huge, more than 300 metres long from north to south, and with a height of 30 metres, with a field on top of it, a forest to the south, and three rivers around it, even a source of water on its left side.

The hill is covered by grass, with a lot of fox holes everywhere.

The top is at 44.15287° N, 23.64911° E, Alt. 140 metres, with the source of water at 44.15179° N, 23.64912° E, Alt. 120 metres.

However, even though all the conditions were there for a site, we did not find any artefacts on the Titanic hill, so we must come back in the autumn for a better search.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th May 2010









Iron Age site at Bad Valley

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Dr Gheorghe and Dr Bologa were in the Radovan area to do another search in the southern part of Radovan village, in the area known as Bad Valley, and on the hills around it.

Even though they walked more than 13 Km, they found a new site, believed to be from the Iron Age, on the right bank of the small river in Bad Valley at: 44.14384° N, 23.64293° E, Alt. = 152 metres.

It was a long distance to search, and it was cloudy weather, cold in the morning but warm in the middle of the day. Everywhere there was a lot of grass covering the ground, and it is very hard to find a new site under those conditions.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 29th May 2010




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The Podisul Getic, or Getic Plateau, may be seen at the connection with Oltenia field as a border of hills, protecting many valleys and small rivers. It consists of sandstone, marl, clay and sand covering the top of gravel,

There must be a lot of sites around here, because here there is water from a lot of small rivers, as well as water sources, huge forests for wood, as well as fields of grass for animals and well protected places suitable for villages. It may be thought of as a heavenly valley.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 29th May 2010









Iron Age Site at Radovan

As usual, in the Radovan area, we found only stones, pieces of pottery, pieces of clay-wall, but no metallic pieces such as weapons, agricultural tools etc.

Radovan map

Map of the Iron Age site in the Radovan area.

Photo: Google Earth, 29th May 2010




Radovan iron age site

Today, in the Radovan area, about seven km to the south of Radovan village, near the source of the Bad Valley small river, on the right bank of it, at the GPS point: N=44.14384° E=23.64293° Alt. 152 metres, Adrian and Dr Alina Bologa found another site.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 29th May 2010




Radovan iron age site

The site seems to be from Iron age times.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 29th May 2010




Radovan iron age site

This helps confirm our theory that the valley centred on the Radovan area holds a lot of ancient sites, because the good conditions for life existed here, such as water, grassy fields, huge forests, and the protection of the hills around.

There are almost certainly other finds to be made here.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 29th May 2010









New site at Radovan

Radovan map



This map shows points about the Radovan area at this time. There will eventually be many more points shown.

Photo: Google Earth, 23rd May 2010




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This is a new site in the Radovan area, at the GPS point 44.16563° N, 23.60902° E, Alt 90m

It is on the right bank of the Desnatui River, just beneath the Radovan village hill, looking towards the river, where Dr Gheorghe found pottery artefacts, as shown.

This site is near, and inside, the property of our young friend Sirbu Catalin, student in history.

The important specialist in history from Oltenia Museum, Dr.Florin Ridiche, has visited this site and made a short search to examine the artefacts from there. He told us that this site is from middle-age period, but only future search in the entire area, made only by specialists can bring us a better image about history here.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 23rd May 2010









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Tarnava Village ancient church, not far from Radovan village. After a short but wet and muddy road over the hills, Adrian found this old church, in the middle of a cemetery, with a wooden tower for the church bell (Cloptnita) in front of it.

GPS point 44.17496° N, 23.55215° E, Alt 113m

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 22nd May 2010




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Tarnava Village water source. Just at the entrance on the way to the church, there are two water sources, one in memory of a 10 year old child called Alexandru, placed, as every where else here, at a cross roads.

GPS point 44.17743° N, 23.55065° E, Alt 123m

The Radovan area must have more than eight sites, it is a wonderful valley, with running water, huge forests, large hills and grass fields, very good for ancient civilisation to stay here. There must be much to discover in this area.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 22nd May 2010











Searching for a new site at Radovan - Day Three


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This is the first site found in the new Radovan area search, with the help of the mayor of the village.

The two forest men told Dr Gheorghe that this site was discovered many years ago when a specialist did a search in the area. The site is on a hill, with two deep vallesy around it, not far from the Desanatui River, with a lot of grass on it, but no artefacts were found.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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In Dr Gheorghe's experience, this is a typical site of the ancient Dacs, and is very similar to many Dacian sites in Oltenia.



Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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The second site was full of stones covering a hill which seemed similar to the first.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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However, there were no pottery artefacts - so only a specialist could do a good evaluation here.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




Radovan ancient site

Then, the two foresters showed us a new site, from WW II, with a few trenches, and also two places for anti-aircraft guns, placed on the side of the hill, and covering a huge field to the south.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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But in the middle of the WW II site, another bronze age site was found, as can be seen in these photographs.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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Here we found a new site from WWII, with two places for anti-aircraft guns, as well as many trenches. This area too may be seen as a monument.

Alexandru completed a map of the area, seen at left.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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During the search in the Radovan area, a lot of beautiful landscapes were found, a real Romanian wonder land.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




Radovan ancient site
With the important help of the Radovan authorites, especially Mayor Cirstianu Aurica from Radovan village, Adrian Gheorghe, Alexandru Gheorghe (now an architecture student at the Institute Ion Mincu) and Dr Alina Bologa, a new search was made in the Radovan area.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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These are the GPS map points for the new search.

Data: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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The search led over some difficult, wet and muddy terrain.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010




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The search went all around and over huge hills, as well as deep into forests, and five new sites were found, a huge new record for the team, and, it must be emphasised, with the help of the Mayor and two men who know the forests of Radovan well.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 14th May 2010








Searching for a new site at Radovan - Day Two


After a long experience of hunting for sites, over ten years, the Alexis team must verify if we have the ability to find ancient sites using theory as the predictive search algorithm.

An example of this method would be, in a simplified form, river/water + forest = ancient bronze age site.

So, Radovan village was chosen, specifically because there is no data concerning ancient sites in the area.

The Radovan experiment was thus a chance to prove the capabilities of the Alexis Project in archaeology, using knowledge, imagination and experience, but without any pre-existing data.

It should also be remembered that, during the Radovan experiment, the Alexis team very soon found the first site in the area, on the hills around the village, then on the 8th May 2010 another was found, then on the 9th May 2010 another was found (Number Three!) during a search made by our friend Catalin Sarbu, student in History at Craiova University.

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This third site was found in the eastern part of the village, in a small area, near the river Desnatui, in agricultural land, between the river and the lower part of Getic Hill.

The researchers in this instance were Adrian Gheorghe, Alina Bologa, and Catalin Sarbu. Conditions were sometimes difficult because of wet weather.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 9th May 2010




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Pottery artefacts from possibly the Bronze Age or Roman times were found, which will be examined and evaluated by Dr Dorel Bondoc from Oltenia Museum.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 9th May 2010




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Radovan ancient site

Also, according to Law 43/2000 and Law 422, Alexis Project will make a written notification to the Mayor about the discoveries which need to be protected in the area, as well as further extensive and careful researches.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe, 9th May 2010




The Alexis Project has the support of the Mayor of the village, a young man, very open to make his village an important place for tourists and investors, and a very friendly person. After talking to him, we have now many places to investigate in the area, including church monuments, stone crosses, monuments for heroes, as well as a place deep in Radovan Forest, which has historic sites dating from World War II including such things as gun emplacements. The Mayor is a fine person, a real local treasure, as so many are in this beautiful country.

It is hoped that a partnership between the Alexis Project, the Mayor, and Oltenia Museum and Radovan authorities can be organised to provide an interesting tourist development in the area, as well as a good subject for future searches by specialists in the area.





Searching for a new site at Radovan- Day One


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Adrian Gheorghe, Dr Alina Bologa and History student Catalin Sarbu were in the Radovan area to search for a new site on the top of a huge hill, on the eastern side of Radovan village

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010




Radovan ancient site

From this point it is normally very easy to see, looking to the south west, the Balcans Mountains, but it was a foggy day.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010




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The landscape is beautiful, it is a wonder land, but it was very wet underfoot, foggy, and there were very long distances to walk, over 6 km of search in difficult terrain

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010




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A Tumul, an ancient grave was found, as shown in this photograph.

In english, this feature is called a Barrow, a large mound of earth or stones placed over a burial site. The word comes from the Old English word beorg, beorh, a hill or burial site.

Dr Gheorghe believes that there are many ancient sites in the valley of the Desnatui River, just as he has proved the existence of a huge bronze age site from the north area of Radovan village, at the Getic area.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010




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A huge and difficult search was made in the area, where one of the few things found was a piece of silex, or flint, a stone age tool.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010




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Much of the area has been used for agriculture. This has good and bad effects - it is often easier to find evidence of past cultures in the freshly turned earth, but the agricultural machinery destroys most of the evidence of former cultures such as the earth and stone walls which they constructed.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010




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Some pieces of pottery, possibly Roman, were found.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 8th May 2010







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Google earth image with the position of the Radovan site.

The shape of the Bronze Age site is a triangle with dimensions 100 x 100 x 100 metres.

The GPS readings are:

   A. Altitude 160 m, 44° 10' 23.9" N, 23° 36' 49.2" E

   B. Altitude 160 m, 44° 10' 26.9" N, 23° 36' 50.6" E

   C. Altitude 159 m, 44° 10' 23.5" N, 23° 36' 33.5" E

For the Tumul,

Altitude 153 m, 44° 10' 17.0" N, 23° 36' 57.1" E

The area starting from the Tumul to the forest may be a Middle Ages site.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 2nd December 2009




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A more detailed map of one part of the Radovan site.




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GPS records for the Midnight Bride and the Radovan site.




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GPS records for the Radovan site 03-Stadion-GPS points map




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Interim map Radovan experiment 2010.




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Final map Radovan experiment 2010.




Last search at the Radovan site


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On the 20th March 2010 the Alexis team were again at the Radovan site to search for fireplaces in the area. The weather was much better, spring is coming.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th March 2010




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Over 15 fireplaces were found on the site.

Present for this visit were: Adrian Gheorghe, Alina Neagoe, the new president of the Alexis Project, Sirbu Catalin, first year student in History at Craiova University, as well as dr. Alina Bologa, the latest and very welcome friend of the Alexis Project.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th March 2010




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There were a lot of Chirpici - a kind of ancient stone age brick, but put around circular areas such as a fire place.

There were also a few ancient stone or bronze age pieces of pottery, but not of high quality, with no marks or paintings on it, as "usual" pottery has.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th March 2010




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There was a lot of slag, Zgura, which is derived from smelting metal.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th March 2010


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The team strongly believes that on the site of Radovan, there was a metal factory for bronze tools.

The GPS points were taken for every fireplace, and preliminary indications are that they were placed in a line, at ninety degrees to the direction of the prevailing winds, from north to south, to protect the workers from the smoke and fire as they fed the furnaces.

The theory at the moment is that there was not an ancient village as such, but a huge ancient factory for smelting metals. Chirpici and large stones used as foundations for the fire were found, as well as some utilitarian pottery pieces used for food, and a lot of slag or Zgura.


This is the final search of the area, it is now time for the specialists from the Oltenia Museum to search the site to make a proper evaluation.

This time there was no evidence of thieves or treasure hunters at the site.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 20th March 2010




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Dr Gheorghe has established that the Radovan site must be one of the biggest ancient sites from the bronze age with fireplaces for metal, in this case bronze.

All 14 fire-places are put by GPS on a single line, from NW to SE, at 90 degree to the probable wind direction, from NE to SW.

If there were houses here, they must be in some other order, or no order, but not on this line.


There was very little pottery, and what there was was very basic and poorly made. Here the people worked hard, as in a factory, and had no time for better pottery or much of it.

Around every fireplace is a lot of slag, zgura, which can only come from smelting of metals.

Thus, this area, discovered by Dr Gheorghe, must be the biggest factory for bronze in the entire Oltenia region.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 24th March 2010







As can be seen on the map at the top of this page, on the edge of Podisul Getic, in the southern part, looking towards Radovan Village, on the left bank of the Desnatui River, starting from the top of the hill, and going to the west, we meet the first site of the Bronze Age and a possible Tumul, and another kind of area with brick artefacts, which may be another site. Starting from here, ahead to the west, is a large area with dimensions 1000 m x 300 m, up to the forest on the western part of the area, with a lot of artefacts from the Stone and Bronze Ages, as well as five or six fire places, a huge area of iron and bronze items.


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Fireplaces were found at:

   A. Altitude 152 m, 44° 10' 35.8" N, 23° 36' 36.4" E
   B. Altitude 146 m, 44° 10' 37.6" N, 23° 36' 35.8" E
   C. Altitude 158 m, 44° 10' 40.5" N, 23° 36' 37.8" E
   D. Altitude 154 m, 44° 10' 39.4" N, 23° 36' 41.9" E

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 2nd December 2009




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One of a few hearths found at the Radovan site. There are many pieces resembling broken bricks remaining from the structure of the bronze or iron age fireplace. They may also be burnt clay from hearths from an even older stone age site, as has been found in stone age sites in Australia.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 28th November 2009




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The first artefacts are found, and Adrian is overjoyed to find his hypothesis proved correct at Radovan.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 28th November 2009




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During all these years, Alina has been a wonderful presence as part of the Alexis Project. Here she is shown looking for artefacts near the first Radovan bronze age site.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 28th November 2009




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A sample of the artefacts from the Bronze Age, found in the area of the first Radovan site.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 28th November 2009




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Dorel at the tumul.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 28th November 2009









The eastern part of the Radovan site


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After the search of the western part of Radovan site, Adrian and Alina made another search in the eastern part of the site, crossing the main road between Radovan and Craiova, to the east, just on the edge of the Podisul Getic hills, on the left bank of the Desnatui River.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 5th December 2009




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However, no artefacts were found in this section, so a search must be made far from the site, to the western area, towards Fintinele Village.

Adrian here shows Alina that there are no artefacts to be found in the area.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 5th December 2009









The beginning of the search

At this time, the Radovan site was unknown, except in the imagination of Dr Gheorghe and the Alexis Team

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The Alexis team (Adrian and Catalin) hunting for historical sites in the area of Radovan village.

On the left side of the main road between Fantanele village and Radovan village (GPS point: altitude 91 metres, 44° 10' 04.5" N, 23° 36' 15" E) there is, along the road, a very long area of about 6 metres in width with small river-stones - it seems to be an ancient Roman road. Catalin shows, here, the area with small river-stones.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 15th November 2008




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In the front yard of Sirbu's family, there is a large area covered with bricks underground. Catalin's father shows us some of them. It seems to be here a simple modern site (betweeen 100 -50 years ago) judging by the structure of the bricks

We must do many searches in the area of Radovan to find a site, even though in the books there is no mention of any ancient sites.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 15th November 2008










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