Doctoral research student Mihaela Savu, M.A.

Doctoral research student

Mihaela Savu (Romania, 1988)

M.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies

PhD project
Tracking a specialization: Fishing gears in the Lower Danube during the 5th millennium BC as an adaptive response to different environmental resources and constraints
Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlements from the Lower Danube have been receiving attention of archaeologists for the past 100 years, during which time researches revealed a fascinating set of data. Among these are the evidence for practicing metallurgy and the emergence of multi-stratified settlements, a novelty for the 5th millennium BC in this region. But while some aspects, like stratigraphy and relative chronology have always constituted the focus of the scholars investigating these settlements, others passed unnoticed. It is one of the main reasons why fishing did not individualize among other practices within these settlements. The investigations conducted at the site from Pietrele – M?gura Gorgana in the past 13 years yielded a significant number of artefacts that indicate the exploitation of fish in the area, such as an assemblage of fishing implements and an extensive number of remains pertaining to aquatic fauna. Starting from the fishing equipment, this research addresses the extension and implications of exploiting the aquatic resources in the 5th millennium BC in the entire Lower Danube Valley.
Research interests Neolithic and Chalcolithic in Europe, Bone and Antler technology, Copper metallurgy, Paleo-diets, Ethnoarchaeology

Since 2016
Member of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at Kiel University.

July 2014
M.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Thesis: ‘The Late Neolithic on the Crisul Repede (Sebes-Körös) River Valley’.

July 2012:
B.A. in Archaeology from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.

Work experience

Research Assistant at the Institute of Archaeology and History of Art, Cluj-Napoca – project based. Member in the research team of the project ‘Living in the Bronze Age Tell Settlements. A study of Settlement Archaeology at the Eastern Frontier of the Carpathian Basin’ (PN II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0020).

2015: October-November
Member in the international research team for the establishment of a museum of Byzantine art and archaeology in Ayia Napa, Cyprus (, responsible with the processing of artefacts.

2015: March, May, August
Technician in three archaeological excavation projects from Romania;

2015: July
Field supervisor (APTAH) in the archaeological preventive excavation at Toboliu "Dambu Zanacanului" (Romania).

2014: March-April, November
Participant in a systematic field survey at Munar (Romania), as research member in the project PN II-ID-PCE-2012-4-0020;

2014: July
Research assistant in the archaeological discharge campaign Oradea "Salca Biserica” (Romania);

2014: August
Field supervisor (APTAH) in the archaeological preventive excavation at Toboliu "Dambu Zanacanului" (Romania).

2013: June-August
Field supervisor (APTAH) in five archaeological excavations from Romania.

2012: June-October
Field supervisor (APTAH) in four archaeological excavations from Romania.

2011: June
Participant in two archaeological excavations from Romania.

2011: September
Participant in the archaeological excavation campaign at Carnuntum (Austria) as a volunteer.

2010: July-August
Participant in three archaeological excavations in Romania.

Selected publications

Victor Sava, Anamaria Tudorie, Mihaela Savu, Ghioroc “Balastiera Vest”. O aşezare neolitică din Bazinul Mureşului Inferior/ Ghioroc „Balastiera Vest”. A Neolithic Settlement in the Lower Mureş Valley, Series: Archaeology in the Lower Mureş Valley, Volume 1, Eds. Victor Sava, Florin Gogâltan, Ed. Mega, Cluj-Napoca, 2015.

Mihaela Savu, Florin Gogâltan, Exploring the Fields of Ritual and Symbolism. A Late Bronze Age Discovery from Vlaha, Cluj County. In: N.C. Riscuța, I.V. Ferencz, O. Tutilă Bărbat (Eds.), Representations, Signs and Symbols. Proceedings of the Symposium on Religion and Magic, Cluj-Napoca, 2015, pp. 171-186.

Florin Gogâltan, Mihaela Savu, Imola Kelemen, Mâini magice? Un complex aparţinând bronzului târziu de la Vlaha-Pad (jud. Cluj). In: Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabiensis (accepted).

Book Reviews:
Mihaela Savu, Book review: Paul Bahn (ed.), The History of Archaeology: An Introduction, Abingdon-New York: Routledge, 2014. In: Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology, Vol. 1, No. 4 (

Mihaela Savu, Book review: Nándor Kalicz, Pál Raczky, Alexandra Anders, Katalin Kovács, Preserved by Ancestral Fires. Pictures of an Excavation. The Neolithic Village at Berettyóújfalu-Herpály, Budapest, Pytheas Printing House, 2011, 72 p. In: Terra Sebus 5/2013, pp. 647-649.


Since 2012
APTAH - Association for Promoting Transylvanian Archaeological Heritage (