Angvstia (or Angustia) is the scientific journal of the National Museum of Eastern Carpathians, first published in the year 1996.
Angvstia (or Angustia) aims to foster the publication of high-quality articles and reviews concerning topics related to East- and Southeast-European archaeology and history. We will promote a critical approach towards archaeological and historical sources, going against certain enduring and entrenched myths and stereotypes. We specifically welcome archaeological reports for which we provide full colour plates printing.
The journal has one issue per year. It appears in Romanian with English abstract, full English or German languages, on paper and online. The journal uses a peer-review system. The readers have free access to the pdf version ready to download.


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All manuscripts submitted to our journal must be original research and must meet our guidelines with respect to scope. The articles will be published just after rigorous peer review, anonymous refereeing by independent expert referees, members of editorial board and revision by article authors when required.
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The texts submitted for publication in Angustia shall be written in Romanian or a language of international circulation in academia (English, French, German).
The submitted text should include the full name of the author, her/his institutional affiliation, the current mailing address and e-mail. The submitted texts shall include a short English abstract (300-350 words) and the main keywords (5-8 words) in English. The submitted manuscripts that include figures or illustrations should be accompanied by a complete list of illustrations, indicating the source or the author of the image. The list of illustrations should be translated into the same foreign language as the summary (i.e., English). The illustrations or figures shall be submitted in the appropriate electronic format (i.e. , jpg. 300 dpi resolution for images and 1200 dpi for drawings).

Latest issue 23 (2019)

Research carried out at Băile Figa during 2016-2019 – Revealing the potential of a hybrid saltscape
Authors: Valerii KAVRUK, Dan Lucian BUZEA, József PUSKAS, Dan ȘTEFAN, Maria-Magdalena ȘTEFAN, Anthony HARDING, Marius ALEXIANU, Cătălin ROIBU, Radu ZĂGREANU
The article presents the preliminary results of the interdisciplinary research (geological and geospatial studies, archaeological excavations, salt production experiments, and ethnographic survey) carried out during 2016-2019, in the site and hybrid saltscape of Băile Figa, well known for its remarkable environmental, ancient and current salt exploitation evidence. Besides, the article aims to evaluate the contribution of the recent research to a better understanding of the environmental context of the site and ancient salt production technology in the Inner Carpathian region. Also, it focuses on the hybrid character of the site and its potential to the transdisciplinary and holistic study.
The study details the anthropological analyses of 14 archaeological cases in which entire or partial human skeletons were found in the Bronze Age site of Păuleni-Ciuc, Ciomortan (Harghita county) during the excavation campaigns 2000-2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Two collective deposits, a ritual pit, two dwellings and other findings delivered a total of 22 individuals,  among which 8 were aged seven or less.

The author presents the anthropomorphic statuettes (Plates I-III) that were discovered in the areas of the Otomani and Wietenberg cultures in northwestern Transylvania (Fig. 1). These Middle Bronze Age statuettes have one characteristic in common, namely the complete or almost complete absence (if we consider the uncertain piece by Carei-Bobald) of decoration. This feature distinguishes them from some statuettes of this type from the Hungarian and Slovak regions of the Otomani (or Otomani-Füzesabony) culture, the decoration of which consists mainly of pierced points. The statuettes of the Otomani culture in northwestern Transylvania, however, are similar to those from the distribution areas of the Wietenberg and Tei cultures, which are also undecorated.

Turia (Hungarian: Torja) parish is located in south-eastern Transylvania, at the foot of the Bodoc Mountains. Currently, three Late Bronze Age hoards are known as originating from the territory of the village; they cover the Br D-Ha B2 periods. The present paper deals with the first hoard, discovered in uncertain conditions, and donated to the museum from Cluj-Napoca by the local nobleman Apor Károly, in 1864. In the present state of research the hoard is considered as composed of three socketed axes and a sword with disc pommel (Schalenknaufschwert), dated to the Ha A2 period of the eponymous Turia-Jupalnic horizon. The recently discovered donation letter from the National Archives from Sfântu Gheorghe shed new light on the possible composition of the hoard.

New investigations in the fortifications from Teliu, Brașov County
Authors: Maria-Magdalena ȘTEFAN, Dan ȘTEFAN, Dan Lucian BUZEA

Two fortified sites were known in the vicinity of Teliu (Kreuzburg/Nyén/Keresztvár), Brașov county, since the 19th c. They were reported as located in close proximity one to another (200 m), at the foothills of Buzău Mountains - now covered in evergreen forests. Despite a long-time interest in them, including a series of excavations made during the 1960s and 1970s in Cetatea Mare (I), their full chronological attribution and function remained partially disputed. Following a series of works related to the building of a railway route along Teliu valley, during the interwar period, a stone quarry was opened right on top of Cetatea Mică (II), leading in time to its disappearance. A notorious connection with the Teuton early 13th c. fort of Cruceburg has been often explored in relation with these sites.

A settlement and a necropolis from the 4th-3rd centuries BC, with typical North-Thracian materials, were discovered at Olteni – Cariera de Nisip/The Sand Quarry in northern Covasna county. The few animal remains analysed in the present study were found in 3 pits of this settlement. The faunal material is not necessary very representative but completes the picture of the already published archaeological and anthropological reports concerning the assemble of discoveries at Olteni which depict a local North-Thracian community in all its life aspects, funerary and domestic.