Institute of Archaeology


Noviodunum Archaeological Project

The Noviodunum Archaeological Project was a 10-year field project, funded by the AHRC, which has now entered its post-excavation phase.  The project was initiated in 2000 to investigate this important site which lies on the southern bank of the Danube, on the northern edge of Dobrogea, that region which in Romania is bounded by the Black Sea to the east, Bulgaria to the south, and the Danube to the west and north.

The project examined the development of this key point on the Roman and Byzantine frontier in particular respect to its hinterland and the wider Empires.

The project involved topographic, geophysical, aerial and field surveys as well as excavation. In 2010 the project was run as a fieldschool for UCLA and other students. Post-excavation analysis has been underway for the past year.

Related outputs

Selected publications

  • Lockyear, K., T. Sly and A. Popescu with contributions from Mihaela Ciausescu, Clive Orton, Jane Sidell and Robin Symonds (2006-2007). 'The Noviodunum Archaeological Project 2000-2004: results and conclusions from the pilot seasons.' Peuce, New Series, 3-4, pp. 121-158
  • Lockyear, K. A. Popescu and T. Sly. 2009. 'Rome and Byzantium on the Danube' Archaeology International 11: 45-48

Public engagement

  • Open days were held on site every year from 2006 to 2010
  • Public lectures have been given to local archaeological Societies including the Welwyn Archaeological Society, the Berkhamstead Archaeological Society and the Cambridge Antiquarian Society
  • Academic lectures have been given at the Annual Reports conferences in Romania every season, The Roman Archaeology Conference and Late Antique Archaeology Conference


  • AHRC
  • UCL
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Southampton