• Subiect: The quarry of limestone from Măgura Călanului, Hunedoara County, represented the lithic source for building up the most Dacian fortified fortresses: Sarmizegetusa Regia, Costeşti, Piatra Roşie, Căpâlna and Băniţa. The first scientist who studied that quarry was G. Holovata at the beginning of the XXth century. The assertions were admitted by F. Schafarzek, G. Finaly, C. Daicoviciu and I. Glodariu. Based upon the last researches, the authors of the present work discovered new data about that quarry, e. g. many working sites, where the limestone blocks were finished. The blocks were carved in 'Şesul Gorganulul', and the connection with the quarry was made by an ancient road. The most astounding discovery was that of a monogram, symbolizing an ancient caduceus, similar of those encountered on the Dacian coins of Răduleşti type (dating from second and first centuries B.C.), carved on a limestone wall, in the south-east flank of the quarry. The symbol of caduceus - a wand surmounted with two wings and entwined by two serpents - was the road of Hermes, messenger of the gods. The caduceus from Călan's Hill, was intended to turn aside evil spirits from the precincts of the quarry, having an apotropaic function.
  • Limba de redactare: română, engleză
  • Secţiunea: Note şi discuţii
  • Vezi publicația: Sargetia-Acta Musei Devensis
  • Editura: Polidava
  • Loc publicare: Deva
  • Anul publicaţiei: 1988-1991
  • Referinţă bibliografică pentru nr. revistă: XXI-XXIV; anul 1988-1991; subtitlu: Acta Musei Devensis
  • Paginaţia: 643-651
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