The multiannual research program for the Dacian fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains starts from the premise of the inestimable scientific and cultural value of the sites included on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
This program aims to intensify the archaeological research (digs and multidisciplinary investigations), to acquire equipments and to invest in lab tests and lab research, to put together a solid material basis, and, at last but not least, to promote these monuments according to the international standards, in order to be included in national and international cultural tours.
The program coordinator is the National Museum of Transylvanian History of Cluj-Napoca, having as partners The Babeș-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca), The Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation (Deva), The National Romanian History Museum (Bucharest),The Institute of Archaeology and Art History of the Romanian Academy (Cluj-Napoca).
The included archaeological sites are Sarmizegetusa Regia, Costeşti-Cetăţuie, Costeşti-Blidaru (commune of Orăştioara de Sus), Piatra Roşie (commune of Boşorod).
The research program will consider the following activity types: archaeological research, topographic measures and non-invasive geophysical investigations, multidisciplinary research, archaeological material restoration and conservation, public promotion of research results.