continue in the S-E with the Paring Mountains and the N-V part and are lost in the Retezat Massif. Although they are not high mountains, they are of a very picturesque and are used by locals to grazing animals. In this sense, the locals are used to group efficiently using the pastures in the mountains called: Poienii Peak, Poienile Taii, Jigoru, Jigorel-Virtoape, Perete, Comarnici.
From the rivers that cross the territory of Bănița commune it is worth mentioning: Bănița brook which is a tributary of transilvanian Jiu and Merişor Stream that flows into the Strei River. In turn, the river Strei unites with Râul-Mare Retezat, after which they continue their journey together until Mureş - the most important river of Hunedoara County.
The Dacian fortress was discovered during the systematic excavations from 1961 to 1962. Being a rock Isolated with very steep slopes, access was only possible on the north side.
The road was struck first with a wave of earth and stone, and later with a stone wall. The enclosure surrounding one of the terraces of the plateau was erected from blocks of limestone carved in the same technique as those used in the Dacian fortresses of the Sebeș Mountains.
At the highest point a tower-dwelling was built, which was reached by a rock-cut ladder. The Dacian fortress of Bănița is contemporary with the ones in the mountains of Sebeș, having the role of preventing the advance of an enemy that would have come from the south through the Jiu Gorge.
Turnul de la Crivadia
- The Crivadia Tower is situated on the rocky edge of Merişorul's water. Beginning with XIII - th century guarded the old road linking Transylvania with Wallachia through the Vâlcan Pass. It also served as a customs point.
It is built of limestone and has a perfectly circular shape, its walls being up to 20 m high.
Many archaeological finds have been discovered here, and are preserved today at the Museum in Deva.