Territorial organization

The Piatra Roşie fortress is located in the western sector of the Orăştie Mountains, and is a part of a larger complex of fortresses and settlements forming the central area of the Dacian kingdom during the Ist century BC- Ist century AD. The site is also part of the Grădiştea de Munte - Cioclovina National Park.

The fortress was build on a prominent rock, flanked by two valleys. The only access to the enclosure is a rock cut road guarded by towers. The position, chosen at the end of the second Iron Age, adds to the artificial defensive systems a remarkable natural defence.

At times, the main military character of the fortification was put forward, as well as the lack of a civilian settlement, but this image might change in the future.