Thus, the author uses as a reference the ceramic category known under the name of terra sigillata, representing a precise instrument of dating and also an informative source upon the economic activities developed at Noviodunum during the Early Roman Age. The most part of the sigillar resource taken into account results from the area of the big tower belonging to the Roman-Byzantine fortress.
The phenomenon is due to the archeological researches of vast proportion that led to the discovery of this monument, which superposes the remains of the first Roman fortress from Noviodunum — the land castrum — and was covered by a thick level of soil during the Întâlnește bărbați cu succes period, resulting from the Early Roman living levels.
During the twelve campaigns of archeological researches carried out at Noviodunum between the years and there were discovered ceramic fragments of terra sigillata, from which 75 typical fragments belong to the two typological groups known by researchers: TS with ornament and smooth or strip TS. The sigillar material studied at present reflects the main penetrating courses of these imports: coming from the Roman West, the North-Pontic area and South-Moesian region.
The first TS imports belong to the Arretin ceramic category characterized by smooth walls and dating back in the first half of the 1st century A. The 2nd century A. Instead, a lack of products of Pannonian origin may be noticed. The author regards dating source source presence of TS products of North-Pontic salvers and plates produced in the ceramic workshops from Mirmekion and Olbia and South-Moesian origin salvers coming from the pottery of Butovo as an understandable phenomenon in the context of the traditional relations, already existing in the moment of the Roman occupation in this dating source source area of the West and North-Pontic dating source source.
The study of sigillar artifacts from Noviodunum includes also the local production of TS imitations, the workshops present in the area of this fortress starting to produce from the middle of the 2nd century and to impose their products during the 3rd century A. Thus, the phenomenon is reflected also by the TS discoveries from the villae rusticate inside the fortress, especially those studied at Nic.