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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Publication details for Ms Emily Hanscam

Hanscam, Emily & Hingley, Richard (2017), National Space and the 'Age of Migrations': Finding Rome's Barbarians in Modern Romania, 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Maastricht, The European Association of Archaeologists.

Author(s) from Durham


During the period known as the ‘Age of Migrations,’ lasting from c. 300-700 CE, tribal groups from the Eastern Steppe migrated west and discovered the remnants of Roman civilization.
Bridging Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, scholarship has tended to focus on the Roman side of the story, blaming the ‘barbarians’ for the decline and fall of the
Empire (Curta 2005). The territory of modern Romania was host to many crucial encounters during this period, which are better understood from classical sources like Jordanes’
Getica than from archaeological research. Yet this migratory space is a key aspect of the Romanian national narrative, which focuses on the many de-populations and re-populations
of the territory, employing these grey areas of the past to propagate a particular modern Romanian identity. This paper aims to better understand the relationship between
the so-called migratory peoples and the Romanian national space, by examining the presence of these peoples in Eastern European historiography, and the contemporary legacy
of migration in Romania.


30 August - 3 September.