Recent additions, changes and updates to the Alexis site

Insignia

Contact Dr Gheorghe, the coordinator, at alexis_project@yahoo.com for further information about the Alexis Project:

Email: alexis_project@yahoo.com

Bridges connecting the Peoples of the World - a Country without a Past has no Future!
FlagFlagFlag
FlagFlagFlag
Click here for the song "M-a facut muica oltean" or "I was born in Oltenia" by the Allegretto children's chorus

eagle

banner      
Navigation

Home


Vodita Monastery Back to Buildings of Oltenia





Ghost Church from Răcari

Click on the photos to see an enlarged version



This ancient wooden church is at Răcarii de Sus village, across the Jiu River from Filiasi, in the middle of Sfircea village, Bralostita.

It is part of the time-line of the area, starting with the stone age of Răcarii de Sus at Cerat, then the Matca River finds, then the ancient village from upper Răcarii de Jos, as well as Răcarii de Jos village, and then back to Răcarii de Sus village.

Răcari Church
The walls of the church are partly brick, partly wattle and daub, with the whole wall plastered over after construction. Wattle and daub is a method of construction of walls where sticks are woven together, then the resulting mat is covered with clay. The result is stronger if animal dung such as cattle dung is added to the mix. However the method relies on a waterproof outer covering, and/or eaves on the roof large enough that no rain strikes the wall, and no water is splashed on the wall when rain strikes the earth nearby.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th November 2008




Răcari Church
This image shows clearly the method of construction, with two sets of laths or sticks at an angle to each other, cemented with clay, and with a plaster covering. This plaster would originally have had paintings on it, but the lack of wide eaves and the lack of preventative maintenance mean that the integrity of the whole building is now threatened.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th November 2008




Răcari Church
While the vertical end wall is in reasonable condition, the roof failed and let rain in, resulting in rotting and collapse of the barrel vaulted, painted ceiling.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th November 2008




Răcari Church
The paintings on the ceiling have been damaged by rain leaking through the old roof. A metal roof has been added to the church to prevent further damage. It appears that some sort of straw matting has been used for the basis of the ceiling, which has then been plastered over, and painted.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th November 2008




Răcari Church
Writing on the wall of the church.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 30th November 2008









Răcari Time Line

There is already a huge amount of data on this site concerning Răcari Village, Matca River, the Wooden Church, etc.

After a huge search in the area of Răcarii de Sus, Răcarii de Jos, Bralostita villages, also on the hills behind Răcari villages, Dr Gheorghe has a new theory concerning the area.

All of the villages have their own history, starting with the ancient ages. Not all villages have ancient sites around them, because there are many more people living in the region than in times long past. However, many of them may have ancient sites around them.

For Răcari Village, the Time Line can be proposed as:

Newspaper Report
Starting with the Stone and Bronze Age, there is a site, in the western part of the present day Village of Răcarii de Sus, called Cerat. This ancient Stone Age / Bronze Age site is placed on top of a hill, with a field on top of it, near a small river, the Matca, as all ancient villages have. Thus, we can place this Cerat site as number 01 on our time line.

From this 01 location, during Roman times, a huge castrum was built, not very far from the Răcari villages, on the same left bank of the Jiu River, on a place we can name 02 Matca Wooden site, where was found a few holes, like underground houses, as well as a huge wooden dam, called "Topila" for water for home use by the people there from the Middle Ages or later.

There must be, in the deep forest, an ancient village, around the Matca site, a place where people lived in underground houses (see the beautiful story of the Sultana woman), and also there must be a small ancient wooden church.

From the 02 Matca site, the people would have gone to the 03 Zidaru Spring site, where was built the ancient wooden church, perhaps the first or possibly the second, built by the Sultana women, as the story says. Today, this wooden church has been moved to Bralostita Village, over the Jiu River and still can be seen in the 03B location.

Going down to the small river, at the end of the Middle Ages, another church was built, the 04 Ghost Church, and later, the new church in Răcarii de Jos Village, 05. Here was the first modern village, Răcarii de Jos.

But some people from Răcarii de Jos migrated, in the 19th - 20th Centuries to the present day village of Răcarii de Sus, where a new church was built, 06.

So, this time line is like a circle, starting with the area of Răcarii de Sus, with the associated site of Cerat, then up north to the Matca wooden site, then to the east, to the Zidaru spring, then going to the south, where we find the present day village of Răcarii de Jos, and then going back to the west, to the present day village of Răcarii de Sus.

Photo and artwork: Adrian Gheorghe 9th December 2008









Recent additions, changes and updates to the Alexis site

Home


This site is to publicise the history and culture of Romania, and displays information from the Alexis Project Association

Alexis Project Filiasi/Romania
RC J/263/230/2007 CIF 21464151
Email: alexis_project@yahoo.com




If you have any photographs or information which would be useful for this site please contact Don Hitchcock


This page last modified Monday, 24th January, 2011 02:17am


Webmaster: Don Hitchcock

Email: don@donsmaps.com


My Archaeology website: http://donsmaps.com/