AGNIESZKA TOMAS PhD
Roman frontier and civil settlement in the Roman frontier zone
PhD thesis:"Inter Moesos et Thraces.
Roman and Early Byzantine Settlement on the Yantra and Osum River Basins, Two Right Tributaries of the Danube)",
Department of History, University of Warsaw, 2007, under the supervision of Prof. Tadeusz Sarnowski
The main subject of the thesis was focused on the settlment in the rural hinterland of the legionary
fortress and the Late Roman town of Novae in Lower Moesia between the 1st and the 6th century A.D.
The area of study which covers 5.500 sq. km is placed in the central part of Bulgaria, on the Danube. This part of the Roman province
had a transitional character where Hellenistic East met Celtic West, and the barbarian North faced Mediterranean South. This specific character of the
central Balkan lands was expressed in the boundary stones set up inter Moesos et Thraces, i.e. between the Moesians and the Thracians. What is interesting,
today, the line of the Yantra river divides two dialects of Bulgarian language.
The catalogue of settlements was the basis for reconstruction of settlement patterns and settlement structures, such as infrastructure, places of cult or cemeteries.
Settlement structures and stray finds have been analysed in chronological division, and compared to administration, ethnic and social structures giving an interesting view on the important part of the Lower Danubian
limes. An updated and expanded version of the thesis was published as a monograph in Oxford in 2016.
- Tanais (Russia) - a necropolis of the Greek colony in the Don River mouth (research by the Iinstitute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw): 1996, 1997, 1998
- Balaklava (Crimea, Ukraine) - a Roman temple dedicated to Juppiter Dolichenus (research by the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw): 1996, 1997
- Ostrie Mogili (Bulgaria) - field survey of a Roman vicus near Novae: 2000
- Reguły, dist. Michałowice (Poland) - a Bronze Age and Roman period settlement (research by the Museum of the Ancient Masovian Metallurgy): 2007
- Novae (Bulgaria) - excavations in the military fortress and Late Roman town, research by the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, co-heading since 2008
- Novae (Bulgaria) - remote sensing surveys in the canabae legionis (heading): 2012-2014
- Tibiscum (Romania) - remote sensing surveys in the military fort and civilian town (co-heading): 2014-2015
Extramural settlement near the Roman legionary fortress at Novae (Lower Moesia) and its fate in Late Antiquity. See more
Non-intrusive surveys near Tibiscum with M. Pisz and C. Timoc (West University of Timisoara)
1.03.1999 - 1.10.2000, Centre for Archaeological Research - "Novae", University of Warsaw, archaeologist
1.12.2001 - 1.12.2006, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, PhD candidate
1.12.2007 - Adjunct in the Department of Archaeology of Roman Provinces, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw
Realised grants and research projects:
PhD research project realised with financial assistance of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, entitled
Roman and Early Byzantine Settlement in the Yantra and Osam River Basins, Two Right Tributaries of the Danube, under the supervision of Prof. T. Sarnowski,
No. H01H 040 29: 2005-2006
General executive in the research project entitled: Documentation of the fortications in the Roman legionary fortress at Novae (present Bulgaria), University of Warsaw Foundation: 2011
Heading the research project realised with financial assistance of the Polish National Science Centre entitled: Researching the settlement structures near the Roman legionary
fortress at Novae (Lower Moesia) using non-destructive methods of surveying, No. 2011/01/D/HS3/02187: 1.12.2011-30.11.2014. See more
Field surveys within the research project entintled: Tibiscum. Roman fort and town
Extramural settlement near the Roman legionary fortress at Novae (Lower Moesia) and its fate in Late Antiquity, No: 2015/19/B/HS3/01790: 2016-2019. See more
Participation in research projects and grants:
General executive in the research project entitled: Novae. The centre of the fortress and fortifications of the eastern side of the camp. Head of the project: Prof dr hab. Tadeusz Sarnowski.
No. N 109 006 31/0417, financial assistance of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education: 2006-2009
General executive in the research project entitled: Novae. Roman fortress and Late Roman Town - continuation of excavations. Fortifications. Head of the project: Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz
Sarnowski, financial assistance of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. No. 31-01-00-501/66 (2011/01/B/HS3/02918): 2011-2014.
The Stefan Batory Foundation scholarship for preparing an MA thesis: 1998
The Foundation for Polish Science, programme KWERENDA, scholarship for museum and archive query for research on the civil settlement near legionary fortress at Novae:
De Brzezie Lanckoronski Foundation scholarship at The Institute of Classical Studies Library, Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, London 2015
The Editorial Board Assistant of the journal of Polish medievalists Quaestiones Medii Aevi Novae, ISSN 1427-4418: 2007-2010
Articles and book chapters:
Flasze gliniane z principia w Novae, Novensia 11, 2000, 107- 122 (with L. Kovalevskaja, T. Sarnowski).
Flasze gliniane z Novae, in: Materials of the International Student Conference "Central Europe Throughout Millenia", Novensia 12, 2000, 49-67.
Flasze gliniane z budowli komendantury w Novae, Studia i materiały 11, 157-164.
Jugs from Novae. A Study on Finds from 1960-99, Novensia 14, 2003, 119-184.
Municipium Novensium? Report On The Field Survey At Ostrite Mogili, Veliko Turnovo District, Światowit XLVII/A, 2004 (2007), 115-128.
Marcus Aurelius Statianus from Lower Moesia. A Note on His Origin, Status and Business (with T. Sarnowski), in: The Lower Danube in Antiquity (VI BC-VI AD), Sofia 2007, 231-134.
Inter Moesos et Thraces. A Contribution To The Studies On The Rural Hinterland Of Novae In Lower Moesia, Archeologia 58, 2007 (2009), 31-47.
Novae - castra legionis, 2006-2009. Preliminary report on the excavations of the University of Warsaw Archaeological Expedition (with: T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja), Archeologia (Warszawa)
59, 2008 (2010), 153-172.
Novae. The Roman Legionary Defences. Excavations of 2009 and 2010 (with T. Sarnowski), Światowit XLVIII, 2006-2010 (2011), 185-186.
Reading Gender and Social Life in Military Spaces, Światowit XLIX/A, 2009-2010 (2011), 139-152.
Connecting to Public Water: The Rural Landscape and Water Supply of Lower Moesia, Archaeologia Bulgarica 2011, 59-72.
Principia et munitiones castrorum. Headquarters Building and Legionary Defences (with T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja), Światowit L/A, 2011 (2012), 189-194,
Canabae legionis I Italicae: state of research on civil settlements accompanying the legionary
camp in Novae (Lower Moesia) compared to relevant Lower Danubian sites, Światowit L/A, 2011 (2012), 155-168.
Non-Destructive Archaeological Investigations in the Sárviz River Valley (Hungary), (with M. Jaworski), Światowit LI/A, 2012 (2013), 171-176.
Non-Destructive Investigations in the Extramural Area of Novae (Lower Moesia) in 2012, Światowit LI/A, 2012 (2013), 157-161.
Novae 2012. Munitiones castrorum. Legionary defences (with T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja, P. Zakrzewski), Światowit LII/A, 2012 (2013), 145-150.
Geofizični izsledvanija na teritorijata na kanabite na Novae (with E. Genčeva), in: Archeologiceski Otkritija i Razkopki prez 2012 g., Sofia 2013, 250-251.
Extramural area [in] Novae. An archaeological Guide (T. Sarnowski ed., with A.B. Biernacki, M. Lemke, P. Vladkova), Warszawa 2012, 77-92.
Pachnące miasta czy slumsy? Urządzenia sanitarne w cywilnych osiedlach przy rzymskich bazach wojskowych, in: Czystość i brud. Higiena w starożytności,
W. Korpalska, W. Ślusarczyk (eds.), Bydgoszcz 2013, 139-154.
Izvan krepostnite steni, in: Nove (Novae). Arheologičeski patevoditel (T. Sarnowski ed., with A.B. Biernacki, P. Vladkova, M. Lemke, E. Jordanov), Sofia-Warszawa 2014, 77-89.
Geofizični izsledvanija na teritorijata na kanabite na Novae (with E. Genčeva), in: Archeologiceski Otkritija i Razkopki prez 2013 g., Sofia 2014, 318-319.
Roman legion and attached civilian settlement as a factor of Romanisation and landscape changes: a case of Novae (northern Bulgaria), in: Reading Landscape as A Factor
in Creating Identity. International Conference, Jarosław, 22-24 June, 2012 (with P. Wroniecki), W. Bedyński, I. Povedak (eds), Warszawa 2014, 49-61.
A New Dedicatory Inscription from Novae (Lower Moesia), Światowit LII/A, 2013 (2014), 79-86.
Non-Destructive Investigations in the Extramural Area of Novae (Lower Moesia) in 2013, Światowit LII/A, 2013 (2014), 197-206
Novae 2013. Legionary Defences and Headquarters Building, Światowit LII/A, 2013 (2015), 179-188 (with T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja, P. Zakrzewski, T. Dziurdzik, E. Jęczmienowski).
Novae - castra legionis, 2010-1012. Preliminary report on the excavations of the University of Warsaw Archaeological Expedition (with T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja,
A. Tomas, R. Chowaniec, P. Zakrzewski), Archeologia 61, 2010 (2014), 75-90.
Non-Destructive Investigations in the Extramural Area of Novae (Lower Moesia) in 2014, Światowit LIII/A, 2014 (2016), 205-212.
Geofizični proučvanija i obhoždanija v okolnostite na Nove, AOR prez 2014 g., Sofia 2015, 409-410
Non-destructive survey in Novae (Lower Moesia), in: Limes XXII. Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies Ruse, Bulgaria, September 2012,
L. Vagalinski, N. Sharankov (eds.), Sofia 2015, 881-888.
Dionysus or Liber Pater? The Evidence of the Bacchic Cult at Novae (castra et canabae legionis ) and in its Hinterland, in: Ad fines imperii Romani. Studia Thaddaeo
Sarnowski ab amicis, collegis discipulisque dedicata, A. Tomas (ed.), Warszawa, 257-275.
The Mithreum at Novae Revisited, in: Ad fines imperii Romani. Studia Thaddaeo Sarnowski ab amicis, collegis discipulisque dedicata, A. Tomas (ed.), Warszawa, 227-247
(with M. Lemke).
Female family members related to soldiers and officers of the legio I Italica. A case study [in] Colonization and Romanization in Moesia Inferior. Premises of A Contrastive
Approach, L. Mihailescu-Bîrliba (ed.), Kaiserlautern 2015, 93-124.
Inter Moesos et Thraces. The Rural Hinterland of Novae in Lower Moesia (1st - 6th Centuries AD), Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 14, Oxford 2016.
Michael Doneus, Christian Gugl, Nives Doneus, Die Canabae von Carnuntum - eine Modellstudie der Erforschung römischer Lagervorstädte. Von der
Luftbildprospektion zur siedlungsarchäologischen Synthese, Der Römische Limes in Österreich, Heft 47, Wien 2013 (Archeologia 61, 2010 (2014)), 111-113.
Na straży granic rzymskiego cesarstwa (Guarding the Borders of the Roman Empire), in: Blisko i daleko. Księga Jubileuszowa Instytutu Archeologii UW, Warszawa
Novae, in: Wikipedia.en
Novae. Trochę Rzymu w północnej Bułgarii (with T. Sarnowski), Z bliska i z daleka 1, 2011, 72-77.
Armia rzymska i prostytucja - mit czy rzeczywistość?, Archeo UW 1, 2013, 41-53.
- Novae - castra, canabae, vicus, 2013-2015. Preliminary report on the Excavations and Prospection Surveys of the University of Warsaw Archaeological Expedition,
Archeologia 64, 2013 (with T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja, P. Zakrzewski, T. Dziurdzik, E. Jęczmienowski).
- Tracing Civilian Settlement in the Surroundings of Novae (Lower Moesia). Sources, Investigations, Results, in: Conference Proceedings of the International Colloquium Troesmis
- A changing landscape. Romans and the Others in the Lower Danube Region in the first century BC - third century AD, 7-11 October 2015, Tulcea
- Civil settlement at Novae (Moesia inferior), in: Limes XXIII. Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies Ingolstadt, Germany, September 2015,
C.S. Sommer, S. Matesić (eds.), 2016.
- Where are Pre-Roman Settlements in the Later Hinterland of the Legionary Fortress of Novae in Moesia? Once More on the Roman Displacements of the Conquered Tribes, in:
Bridging the Danube. International Conference Proceedings, Timisoara, 2014
- Mitreum do rimskija legionen lager v Novae, in: AOR prez 2015 g., Sofia 2016.
- Coarse Ware and Local Table Ware, in: Novae. The Moesian Base of the Eighth Augustan Legion, ed. T. Sarnowski
- Pottery Related to the Amphoras, Novae. The Moesian Base of the Eighth Augustan Legion, ed. T. Sarnowski.
- The environment, Novae. The Moesian Base of the Eighth Augustan Legion, ed. T. Sarnowski.
- Traces of pre-Roman occupation and problem of early Roman extramural settlement [in] Novae. The Moesian Base of the Eighth Augustan Legion, ed. T. Sarnowski