Arheoinvest

 

 Training and Interdisciplinary Research in Archaeology Platform

Involved Faculties:   

  • Faculty of History;
  • Faculty of Geography and Geology;
  • Faculty of Biology;
  • Faculty of Physics.

 Address:                      

Carol I Blvd., no. 11, Iași, 700506,

tel: +40 232 201636; fax: +40 232 201556

Web page:

http://arheoinvest.uaic.ro/

http://arheoinvestcongress.uaic.ro/eng/

http://arheoinvestsymposium.uaic.ro/eng/?cat=142

 Managerial Team:

Platform Manager: Prof. dr. Victor SPINEI, corespondent member of Romanian Academy,

tel.: +40 232 201624, Email: vspin@uaic.ro

Coordinator of administrative activities:  Conf. dr. Luminiţa BEJENARU, tel.: +40 232 201527,

e-mail : lumib@uaic.ro

Coordinator of training activities:  Prof. dr. Nicolae URSULESCU, tel.: +40 232 201614,

e-mail: sem-arh@uaic.ro

Scientific Secretary: Lector dr. Vasile COTIUGĂ, tel.: +40 232 201614, e-mail: vasicot@uaic.ro

Contact person: Lector dr. Vasile COTIUGĂ, tel.: +40 232 201614, e-mail: vasicot@uaic.ro

The Platform Organization

 The ARHEOINVEST Platform includes five laboratories, each of them with multiple sections:

1. The Applied and Theoretical Archaology Laboratory – director: prof. dr. Attila LÁSZLÓ

a. Theoretical Archaeology and the Methodology of Archaeology – head of section: lector dr. Neculai BOLOHAN;

b. Applied Archaeology – head of section: prof. dr. Octavian BOUNEGRU;

c. Computerised Archaeology – head of section: prof. dr. Lucreţiu BÎRLIBA;

d. Experimental Archaeology – head of section: lector dr. Vasile COTIUGĂ;

e. Etnoarchaeology – head of section: conf. dr. Marius ALEXIANU.

 2. The Bioarcaheology Laboratory – director: conf. dr. Luminiţa BEJENARU

a. Archaeozoology – head of section: dr. Simina STANC;

b. Archaeobotanics – head of section: Researcher dr. Felicia MONAH;

c. Paleoanthropology – head of section: prof. dr. Mircea NICOARĂ;

d. Archaeogenetics – head of section: lector dr. Lucian GORGAN;

e. Isotopes and biomolecules – conf. dr. Luminiţa BEJENARU.

3. The Geoarchaeology Laboratory – director: prof. dr. Gheorghe ROMANESCU

a. Archaeopedology – head of section: conf. dr. Cristian SECU;

b. Paleogeomorphology – head of section: lector dr. Dan LESENCIUC;

c. Paleohidrology and Paleoclimatology – head of section: lector dr. Lucian SFÂCĂ;

d. Topography and archaeological cartography – head of section: asist. univ. drd. Dragoş NICA;

e. Applied Geochemistry in Archeology – head of section: conf. dr. Nicolae BUZGAR.   

4. The Archaeophysics Laboratory – director: prof. dr. Gheorghe POPA

a. Physical investigations in Arcaheology – head of section: prof. dr. Nicoleta DUMITRAŞCU;

b. Physico-chemical methods of absolute dating in Archaeology – head of section: lector dr. Cristian BORCIA . 

5. The Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Scientific Investigation and Conservation of cultural heritage assets – director: prof. dr. Ion SANDU.

a. Scientific investigation - head of section: prof. dr. Ionel MANGALAGIU ;

b. Research, Development and Innovation – head of section: Researcher dr. Viorica VASILACHE;

c. Active Preservation and Restoration – head of section: prof. dr. Ion SOLCANU.

 Main Research Directions

The main research directions of the Arheoinvest Platform are: HistoryArchaeologyArchaeometry, AnthropologyBotanyZoology, Molecular genetics, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Soil Science, Geology, Geochemistry.

Within each laboratory are developed several interdisciplinary research directions in the field of archeology, with a broad interdisciplinary and applicative nature:

1.       The Applied and Theoretical Archaeology Laboratory:

a. Prehistorical Archaeology – the investigation of prehistoric societies through non-destructive archaeological investigations with equipment purchased by Arheoinvest Platform as well as actual archeological research in prehistoric sites; reference collection of archaeological materials from all prehistoric cultures belonging to the east-Carpathian area;

b. Classical Archaeology – the investigation of archaeological sites from Dacian, Roman and post-Roman epochs; archaeological investigations with non-destructive equipment, purchased by Arheoinvest Platform, as well as classical archaeological researches;

c. Christian Archaeology – investigating Christian complexes from the Romanian territory, by non-destructive archaeological investigations with equipment purchased by Arheoinvest Platform, as well as classical archaeological researches;

d. Social archeology – restoring social structures of prehistoric and protohystoric societies through comparative research of the archaeological complexes identified in the sites;

e. Archaeology funeral – Proto and classic prehistoric society’s burial complex investigation;

f. Computerized Archaeology – IT support for managing and processing archaeological data using specialized softwares;

g. Experimental Archaeology – Archaeological complexes and working techniques reconstruction, in order to understand their functioning in the past;

h. Underwater Archaeology - investigation of the underwater archaeological remains, using the eco-probe, diving and underwater archaeological investigations;

i. Ethnoarcheology - ethnographic researches and the use of results, in order to explain archaeological situations.

2.      The Bioarcaheology Laboratory:

a. Archaeozoology – investigating animal bone remains found in archaeological sites for understanding how human communities acquired  animal foods; osteological comparative collection, archaeozoology library, stereomicroscopes, osteometry  microscopes and tools, related facilities for training, study and storage of the archaeozoological material;

b. Archaeobotanics - investigation of plant remains found in archaeological sites for understanding how human communities acquired vegetal foods; archaeobotanical collections, the present flora collections, stereomicroscopes, carbonization furnace, centrifuges, microscope, facilities for training and study of plant remains, restoration and conservation;

c. Archaeogenetics - extracting ancient DNA as a source for minimum error identification of species, intraspecific comparisons of populations, evaluating the distance between two taxa, phylogenetic reconstruction of the evolution, the origins and evolution of domestic animals;

d. Paleoanthropology – biometric investigation of human remains from archaeological sites; paleoanthropological collection, osteometry instruments, facilities for training, research and storage of paleoanthropological material.

3.    The Geoarchaeology Laboratory:

a. Paleogeomorphology – reconstruction and evolution of Quaternary geomorphologic structures, especially those used by prehistoric communities for placing settlements;

b. Paleoclimatology – reconstruction of Quaternary climate for each geoclimactic sequence and understanding the impact on human communities’ development;

c. Paleohidrology – restoring minor river systems, near human settlements and understanding the effects on human communities’ development;

d. Paleopedology – understanding paleopedological elements for each historical age and the impact on agricultural activities practiced by human communities;

e. Topography and archaeological cartography- generating topographical plans and georeferencing archaeological sites;

f. Geochemistry – using Raman spectrography to identify raw materials’ minerals in artifacts and pigments used in ceramics’ decoration, over time.  

4.    The Archaeophysics Laboratory:

a. Geophysics – prospecting archaeological sites in order to enlighten, through different geophysical methods, soil physical abnormalities, due to the presence of archaeological data,  which modifies  the soil’s geophysical properties (electrical conductivity, magnetic susceptibility etc.); detecting these abnormalities through electrical and magnetometric prospect- the most popular and commonly prospect used in archeology.  Also, the anomalies can be housing remains buried in; these modern prospects limits the working space and layout, thus better understanding before carrying out archaeological research;

b. Absolute Dating – radiocarbon and thermoluminescence methods for dating the archaeological sites;

c. Analysis of artifacts’ surfaces – by various surface analysis techniques are investigated certain mechanical and physico-chemical properties of the surface, very important in assessing present material in archaeological sites.  

5.  The Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Scientific Investigation and Conservation of cultural heritage assets:

a. Scientific investigation of works of art – expert authentication, asset evaluation, conservation status determination, compatibility studies, monitoring interventions;

b. Integrated conservation of cultural and natural heritage – the general theory of integrated conservation, heritage assets etiopatology, intervention’s methodology, climatology, museology, operative procedures in case of risk interventions, groups of materials restoration: metal, wood , stone, ceramics, glass, textiles and cellulose holders;

c. Science and Engineering of Materials – synthesis and characterization of new materials;

d. Science and environmental engineering – direct and reverse impact study on the environment and heritage systems;

e. Forensic science – methods and techniques of forensic investigation; collecting and preserving evidence and traces materials, analytical data processing and interpretation;

f. Inventions – developing new methods and techniques of scientific investigation.

 Equipment

1. The Applied and Theoretical Archaology Laboratory

It is equipped with archaeological field research and data processing computers.

No.

Equipment

Applications

1 ScanStation 3D Laser Scanner archaeology, geography, architecture
2 Mobile Laboratory – Toyota Hillux van archaeology, geography
3 Graphic Workstation+soft archaeologie
4 Mobile laboratory for archaeological field research – special vehicle M1 FIAT archaeology, geography
5 Plotter A0 archaeology, geography, biology
6 GIS processing station with accessories and software archaeology, geography
7 Portable graphic workstations archaeology
8 IPIX panoramic camera with accessories archaeology
9 Sony A100 camera lens archaeology

2. The Geoarchaeology Laboratory

It is equipped with geographical and geological research with applicability in archeology.

No.

Equipment

Applications

1 Eco-probe  + accessories + soft archeology, lakes and rivers’ surveillance, civil engineering
2 Digital penetrometer archaeology, civil engineering, agriculture, pedology
3 Sampling probes set for soil archaeology, monitoring soil quality and pollution
4 Conductivity probe for determining soil salinity archaeology, pedology
5 Diffraction granulometry laser determinations archaeology, food industry, environment
6 Pycnometer archaelology, agriculture, food industry
7 Manual sphygmomanometer set archaeology, agriculture
8 Website for Retsch AS200 archaeology, pedology
9 Total station Leica TCR 1201 Professional archaeology, topography and cartography, cadastre, land papers
10 Leica Antena Smart ATX1230 GG archaeology, topography and cartography, construction, cadastre
11 GPS Profesional – Leica GX 1230 archaeology, topography and cartography, cadastre, land papers
12 Spectrograph RPA-HE 532 archaeology, mineralogy, petrography
13 Graphic workstation archaeology, geography, topography
14 Probe to determine the water level, temperature and conductivity archaeology, geography, hidrology
15 Multisampler archaeology, geography
16 Travel Velmex measuring system archaeology, geography, hidrology
17 Calcimeter archaeology, pedology
18 Device for measuring soil moisture archaeology, pedology
19 HACH portable laboratory, Drel/2010 archaeology, geography, hidrology
20 Upgrade eco-probe Valeport Midas Surveyor archaeology, geography, hidrology
21 Turf Tec Infiltrometer archaeology, hidrology
22 Computer archaeology, geography
23 Refrigerator archaeology, geography

3. The Bioarcaheology Laboratory

It is equipped with biological research equipment with applicability in archeology.

No.

Equipment

Aplications

1 Sequencing DNA-Genetic Analysis System CEQ 8000 model with accessories and supplies genetic archeology, molecular systematic, medicine, forensic
2 Complex analysis of gene expression genetic archeology, molecular systematic
3 Automated nucleic acid extraction genetic archeology, molecular systematic
4 Centrifugal vacuum concentration system genetic archeology, molecular systematic
5 Spectrofoto-meter UV-VIS genetic archeology, molecular systematic
6 Trinocular microscope with reflected light and light transmission archeology, botanics, dendrology

 

7 Stereo microscope for examination in incident light

archeology, botanics, dendrology

 

4. The Archaeophysics Laboratory

It is equipped with physics research equipment with application in archeology.

No.

Equipment

Applications

1 Thermo-luminescence equipment archeology, geology, physics
2 XPS microscope archeology, physics
3 Atomic force microscope archeology, physics
4 GPR system archeology, geology
5 Alkali vapor magnetometer (Cs 133) archeology, geology
6 Flux gate gradiometer with FM256 System archeology, geology
7 SCINTREX SARIS Resistivity System archeology, geology
8 Resistance meter RM15 Systems archeology, geology
9 C14 dating Equipment – Quantulus 1200-003 archeology, geology, physics

5. The Scientific Investigation Laboratory

It is equipped with research equipment in the fields of chemistry and physics, with application in archeology.

No.

Equipment

Applications

1 Micro-FTIR spectrophotometer investigated the artifacts, chemistry, physics
2 Derivatographic investigated the artifacts, chemistry, physics
3 Research microscope for examination in transmitted light and incident light bright field investigated the artifacts, chemistry, physics
4 Electron microscope – SEM VEGA VEGA II LSH RANGE investigated the artifacts, chemistry, physics
5 Detector EDX Quantax QX2 investigated the artifacts, chemistry, physics
6 Microscope with built camera investigated the artifacts, chemistry, physics