Dacian Castle in Hunedoara Province is a real gold mine, literally and figuratively, because something very interesting is periodically discovered here, even if the ancestral gold can no longer be stolen. Kosoni seekers were driven away, and mostly Dacian bracelets, but treasures of many kinds were found among the ruins of the ancient fortress.
The archaeological site of Sarmizegetusa, located in the village of Grădiștea de Munte in the province of Hunedoara, attracts visitors from all over the world. Those who come to Sarmizegetusa Regia look for different things, depending on their preferences: mystery, history, traces of lost culture, precious metals and energies. Having managed to get rid of the Kosoni seekers, who came from all over the world to be enriched with Dacian gold, archaeologists conducting research in Sarmijitusa Regia were left with the alleged Eugene or various sects, who wanted the energy of the ancient fortress. They had to prevent visitors from sitting on the grounds to get rid of the hundreds of energy seekers who occupied the castle daily to charge their batteries. Some even considered taking a stroll in the Daqian temples. Now, after touring the castle, visitors can relax on benches only.
If there’s one thing that troubles archaeologists more than treasure hunters, it’s energy hunters. Many wonder if the energy is felt there, and researchers hate such methods, preferring to be asked about the history of the place and the latest discoveries. And these are not few at all. Răzvan Mateescu, scientific coordinator of the archaeological site of the Dacian Citadel in the Orăștiei mountains, arrived in Sarmizegetusa in 1998. At first, there were believed to be seven temples, but research continued and another temple was discovered. “Beginning in 2017, the first elements of the new temple were identified. Later, archaeological research was carried out year after year and we hope to make more discoveries,” the specialist explained. Last year, the research team officially announced the discovery of the remains of a new temple in the ninth terrace, the eighth documented for the sacred district of Grădiştea de Munte.
Stone fortified walls of the temple
It is an important discovery, first and foremost for the scientific world, but also for all those who love history, showing archaeologists that the sacred area, the sanctuary that houses many temples, is larger than expected and that others may follow with surprises in the future, when the search extends to the upper stands.
In order to build on this terrace, archaeologists believe that staggering amounts of land were brought here to raise and stabilize the site. It is suspected that the building had wooden poles, but their height is not yet known. For example, in the temple on the balcony below, Porch X, the andesite columns are somewhere more than seven meters high. Another exceptional finding for archaeologists is the fact that after the year 106, the Datsians reinforced the walls of their fortifications including stone blocks they took from the temples, an indication that they no longer had time to bring in stone from the quarries they used to build the fortress.
After archaeological finds with archaeologist Răzvan Mateescu, the castle’s best connoisseur, visitors are drawn to the stories of the world like a magnet. Five, then seven more, then another group of curious people gather, even in front of the round temple, the specialist is surrounded by curious people who sip his words respectfully, just as parishioners listen to the spiritual words of a priest with grace. Awe is on everyone’s faces, which shows that people do not go to Daqian Castle just to see some stones, but because they are thirsty for culture and really want to know what is hidden behind the traces visible with the naked eye.
The hypothesis of the existence of hundreds of tons of gold
The story of Daqian Gold is by far the most amazing. The archaeologist says that his hypothesis contradicts the information of the historian Vasily Purvan, from whom he wrote that upon leaving Dacia, the Romans had carried 135 tons of gold and 330 tons of silver, because Bravan would have actually cut more. Zeros, the amounts of gold and silver are much higher, according to the researchers’ first estimates. The amount officially declared by historians is also huge, 135 tons, hundreds of kilograms of gold stolen from Grădiștea Muncelului were added, at all stages of history, to this day, in the last 2000 years.
The locals, who know all the stories, legends and secret information, laugh bitterly, and speak of “Dacia Central Bank,” an expression used in Hunedoara for who “borrowed” money from the Dacians to build their homes, boarding houses or to open a business in the area without getting caught . Dacian’s gold had arrived, a few years earlier, at the policemen across the border, from Hungary, whom the Romanian investigators called to stop Kosoni’s smuggler, but they made his car disappear with all the gold. In addition to these domestic “loans”, international thefts, and investments by the great-grandchildren of the Dacians from these lands, Dacian gold also ended up in many private collections around the world and there are still attempts to recover some of the famous bangles illegally owned by some collectors who have not been arrested yet. Likewise, cosones, the gold coins of Dacia, are found in very large quantities throughout the Grădiștea Muncelului region. And seekers of material, spiritual, cultural, or active treasures continue to follow in the footsteps of the Dacae, hoping to make new fascinating discoveries. So do archaeologists.
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