Methodology

The approach will include, as we already pointed out, two methods which were not applied  in the case of Moesia Inferior: 1) the prosopographic analysis (trying to establish not only the origin family and region, but also the historical circumstances of the individuals’ mobility). The project director an one project member has completed an investigation of this kind for the families of Ancyra at Troesmis, demonstrating that the veterans who formed the municipal elite were recruited during the Parthic war of Trajan (Lucreţiu Mihailescu-Bîrliba, Valentin Piftor, Les familles d’Ancyre à Troesmis, in V. Cojocaru ed., Ethnic Contacts and Cultural Exchanges North and West of the Black Sea from the Greek Colonization  to the Ottoman Conquest, Iasi 2005, 331-337); a similar type of analysis revealed that the soldiers recruited in Pontus et Bithynia during the Bar-Kochba revolt came to Moesia Inferior with their families (Lucreţiu Mihailescu-Bîrliba, Les Pontobithyniens en Mésie Inférieure, in D. Boteva, L. Mihailescu-Bîrliba, O. Bounegru eds., Pax Romana. Kulturaustausch und Wirtschaftsbeziehungen in den Donauprovinzen des römischen Reichs, Kaiserslautern 2011, in press) for Germania Superior, an analysis of this kind was not carried out, but the model was proposed for the elite in Gaul by Lothar Wierschowski  (Die regionale Mobilitat in Gallien nach den Inschriften des 1. bis 3. Jahrhunderts n. Chr.: Quantitative Studien zur Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Stuttgart 1995); 2) the non-destructive archaeological investigations, realized especially with the use of the total station and of the vegetation scanner. These investigations will be made in the rural areas of the provinces, which were basically less excavated. Also, the global method used for our analysis is  new, because it combines two methods, already applied to different fields, in an interdisciplinary approach. The experience of one of our team members, Prof. Christoph Schäfer (University of Trier), will be decisive: he has already done an analysis of this kind for the Rhenan limes, using the vegetation scanner from a balloon. Fortunately, the “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi has a balloon for research of this kind (see infrastructure below). Our research proposed several milestones, such as the complete image of colonization in Moesia Inferior (including the dynamics of the colonization), the contrastive approach of colonization (the dichotomies civilian milieu-military milieu, rural colonization-urban colonization, colonization at the Danube limes-colonization at the Rhine limes) and the pattern of colonization that Moesia Inferior can offer.