| Nov 3, 2022
Dog Days and Summer Dreaming
Excavation camp with the help of volunteers
Unfortunately, everything comes to an end, so did this Summer. Since our last Newsletter, our volunteers have been able to participate in many exciting programs both within and outside the Association. Those who are interested can read a short report about the events below.
The most important event of the past months was the 'Save the Castle!' Week which was held now for the 14th time since 2006. Apart from some rain, Saharan heat made our work difficult throughout the week. On the first evening, the 'veteran' castle rescuers could talk to the newcomers, and many new friendships developed between them. From the second day on, the archaeological work began. In the beginning, we only managed to throw away the stones and dig into the layer of earth, so that the luckier ones would find the objects lost long ago with joyful cries: pottery sherds, coins, book fittings, canon balls and so on. Once we had the honour to eat hot meal from the "Cook of Szadvar" who gifted us with his delicious food made on the site.
In the evenings of the hard-working days, we were listening to interesting lectures held by invited specialists dealing with various projects: dendrochronology, architecture and military mission. Here we would like to thank the large number of volunteers for their hard work, especially highlighting the enthusiastic help of the students from Debrecen, Jászberény and Ráckeve.
Recently, an exceptional event took place in our country, which had not been seen since 1876. The annual conference of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) was held in Budapest, organized by the Hungarian National Museum and the Eötvös Loránd University. We were given the opportunity to present the work that we have done for the Friends of Szadvar and with the help of the professionals, volunteers and supporters who joined us over the past 16 years. Our presentation took place within the section called "Step by Step. The Rough Road towards Community Archaeology". In this topic, the rescue of Szadvar was an excellent example of a civil initiative from a slightly different angle. We were able to talk about the external and internal challenges to which we are constantly trying to find the answer during these years.
The series called 'Varfoglalok' (Castle Occupiers in English) shot back in April was recently broadcast in a Hungarian TV Channel. The presenter and his 16-person crew visited 20 of our country's fortifications in order to please the viewer with his show, to get out of his armchair and visit these beautiful monuments. Many people helped us make this episode happen, so a big thank you to all participants for coming despite the cold weather! We show you some pictures from the shoot below.
In addition to the above mentioned events, there is always something to do for the association or for Szadvar castle. We will continue our monthly meetings online, constantly looking for opportunities for development. We recently received a larger donation, which we gratefully want to use for the best possible purpose, for the sake of Szadvar castle and the region.
Thank You for your interest and kind support!
Lunchtime in the shadow of the trees
Team photo 1
Team photo 2
Preparing for filming
Arrival by horse-drawn carriage