Orientation
Filiaşi town and the area around the fort
Latitude: 44 N 30’ 51’’
Longitude: 23 E 34’ 19’’
Altitude 100 m (all data for the centre of the fort)

 

Access and Legal Warnings

The site is placed on the Craiova-Filiaşi railway, near Răcari railway station, at the border of Răcarii de Jos village, Brădeşti commune, Dolj county. The railway station is practically placed on top of the civil settlement of the Roman camp. The camp itself is placed at cca 70 m SE of the railway station, the boundary fence being visible for any passenger.

At only several meters away from the railway station, towards the village, is passing as well Craiova-Filiaşi the international highroad (E70/ E79). The site is at only 30 km away from the centre of Craiova, and at 6 km from the centre of Filiaşi city.

The proximity of the two cities, as well as the possibilities at local level (in the village) provide good conditions as concerning the provisioning and accommodation for guests. The intrisec value of the site, as well as the above mentioned facilities, makes from Răcari a potential archaeological school-fieldwork.

Other considerations related to the site placement may be found within the annual reports; see especially the 2003 report, figures 11 and 13.

According to the existing legislation, the unauthorized use of metal detector is considered felony and is grounded with prison. The authorization can be obtained only by a professional archaeologist, enlisted in the Registry of Archaeologists from Romania, the only authority that has the right to legally emit the authorization being the Ministry of Cultures and Cults. Moreover. The trespassing in the perimeter of the archaeological reservation, as well as recovering from its surface of any material, is legally forbidden. The unauthorized digging is also a felony.

Dimensions

The fortress has, according to old measurements, 168 x 140 m (length on E-V), between the walls. Our measurements seem to reveal a somehow bigger length, but they cannot be definitized until we will not have at sight precinct fragments, on all sides. The fortress was enclosed, in a previous period (the present enclosure – ruined – is made of concrete poles, therefore from the communist period), and comprises as well the main defense ditch, namely app 15 m more on each side. Towards east, there certainly is a second ditch (outside the enclosed perimeter), with the probability that on this side – of the "front side ” – to exist as well a third ditch (see the 2003 report). 
It is not very clear, for now, how big the civil settlement is. If the old estimations are limited at 8 ha, and ours, in the very beggining, at approximately 10 ha, it seems now to be very clear (I am writing these lines during the 2005 campaign, due to the rain break …) that is much bigger. The workings for the modernization of the road, which have begun in 2003, but still running, in 2005, have so far revealed a Roman wall with a very good structure, eastward the railway station, and from the accounts of the locals, different per chance discoveries have been made, in the perimeter of the actual village. A Roman coin was discovered far towards ENE, beyond the village, where a carrier is possible to have functioned. As well far way, towards south, at the edge of the former riverside, the mechanized agricultural workings revealed an impressive quantity of ceramics; the situation (which reminds me of the furnaces from Durostorum, on the Danube’s shore) might represent the clue for several potter furnaces. All these – still in registration and processing stage, suggest a remarkable dimension of the “civil” discoveries distribution, raising thus serious problems regarding what might have been the statute of such an imposing settlement. I hold my breath for know to give a surface, though only estimative, until I will be in the possession of more precise estimations.  

Spring 2007: I can tell you know that the civil settlement is at least 30 hectars...