THRACING THE PAST
From Bronze Communities to Iron Kingdoms

Dear Madam / Sir,

It is with great honour and pleasure that we are forwarding to you the first circular letter for the forthcoming 14th International Congress of Thracology, organised by the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation, Deva, in partnership with the Romanian Academy’s “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest and International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences – Commission 30.
The event will take place in the town of Deva, Hunedoara County, Romania, from the 6 th  to the 10 th  of May 2020, under the general heading

THRACing the Past: From Bronze Communities to Iron Kingdoms
Contributions should approach any of the numerous aspects related to Thracian ancient times, from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity: history, archaeology, art, culture, language, religion, numismatics, epigraphy, and interdisciplinary studies. The congress languages will be English, German and French.
The host will be the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation from Deva, a town located on the left bank of the Mureș River in Southwestern Transylvania, an area rich in archaeological sites and monuments. The municipality of Deva is close to the international airports from Timișoara, Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca and is placed on the A1 highway, Arad- București. Hotels, pensions, restaurants, and conference rooms are available for the venue of the congress, all at short distances from the museum. The landscape of the Mureș Valley completes the setup with its beautiful countryside and the wooded gentle slopes of the Apuseni and Poiana Ruscă Mountains. Not far away, we may find the biosphere reserve of the Retezat National Park and the Țara Hațegului Dinosaurs Geopark, both natural sites being recently acknowledged under the protection of UNESCO.
The visitors are welcomed by the Fortress of Deva, a medieval stronghold that has been recently restored. Other major archaeological monuments from our county include the medieval Corvin Castle from Hunedoara, the Roman city of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the Roman forts at Vețel – Micia and Cigmău, the Roman baths at Geoagiu – Germisara and Călan – Aquae, the medieval stone churches from Țara Hațegului, and the Dacian Fortresses from the Orăștie Mountains, included in 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We should also add the large number of prehistoric settlements, fortifications and necropolises, which make Hunedoara County one of Romania’s richest archaeological regions.

Congress participants should arrange to arrive in Deva on the 6th of May, a welcoming reception being planned in the evening. The works of the congress are scheduled for the 7th, 8th and 9th of May, organized in several sections and including breaks for short trips to local points of interest, including the Fortress of Deva, the local museum and other sites and monuments from nearby. The last day (May 10th) will be devoted to optional full-day trips to archaeological sites and museums.
Registration will be open online (a second circular letter will comprise the necessary information) and should be accomplished by the 31st of August 2019. Besides a registration form, a brief summary of the proposed communications in one of the congress languages will be requested. The congress participation will entail a congress fee of 50 Euro if paid by the 1st of December 2019, or 75 Euro if paid later. A reduced congress fee of 30 Euro before and 45 Euro after December 1st will be expected from young scientists who would not have completed 35 years of age by May 2020. The payment modes of these fees, as well as details of travel and accommodation possibilities, will be published on the website of the congress. A limited number of grants will be awarded to young, retired and non-UE researchers, consisting in free meals and accommodation. The selection criteria will be published in the second circular of the Congress.
Please forward this letter to any of your contacts who you think might be interested in participating at the 14th International Congress of Thracology. For additional information, please visit our temporary web page at www.thracology2020deva.mcdr.ro/ (in construction).

Honour Committee

Mr. Mircea Flaviu Bobora, President of Hunedoara County Council / Mr. Sorin Adrian Vasilescu, Vicepresident of Hunedoara County Council, president;
Mrs. Liliana Țolaș, manager of Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation from Deva, vice president;
Mr. Prof. Dr. Eugen Nicolae, manager of Romanian Academy’s “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology from Bucharest, vice president.

Organizing Committee

Prof. dr. Cristian Schuster, president; director of the Thracology Centre of Romanian Academy’s “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest;
Dr. Cătălin Rișcuța, vice president; Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation, Deva;
Prof. dr. Valeriu Sîrbu, general secretary; International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences; Romanian Academy’s “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest.

Secretariat

Ardeu Adriana, director, MCDR
Dr. Bodó Cristina, senior researcher, MCDR
Dr. Ferencz Iosif Vasile, senior researcher, MCDR

Dr. Cristescu Cătălin, scientific researcher, MCDR Dr. Marc Antoniu Tudor, archaeologist, MCDR