jueves, 13 de marzo de 2014

Polish archaeologists have studied 4000 years old settlements in Hungary

Archaeologists from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań have studied three settlements dating back about 4000 years in the region of Kakucs, about 40 km from the capital of Hungary - Budapest. 

1/3. Excavations in the settlement Kakcus-Turjan. Photo by M. Jaeger
Polish researchers are interested in the Vatya culture (2000-1500/1400 BC). It occupied the central area of the Danube basin. It is known primarily from numerous, but poorly recognized archaeologically fortified settlements and cremation burial sites, often with hundreds of burials. At the end of the first half of the second millennium BC, the community has developed a rich production of bronze, probably entirely based on raw materials from remote areas of the Alps.

In the Kakucs area there are five strongly fortified settlements of that culture. Polish archaeologists surveyed three of them using wide-area magnetometric surveys : Kakucs-Turján, Dabas-Dabasi szőlők and Dömsöd.

"These studies revealed that a relatively small region, contemporary settlements had completely different forms, fortifications were also erected differently. Strongholds were not located in similar geomorphological, and probably also environmental conditions" - explained Dr. Mateusz Jaeger of the Institute of European Culture AMU in Gniezno, leader of the project funded by the National Science Centre. [...] naukawpolsce.pap.pl  (B&W 3)

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