Studien zur Archäologie in Ostmitteleuropa Bd. 16

Maidanetske 2013. New excavations at a Trypilia mega-site

Johannes Müller, Robert Hofmann, Wiebke Kirleis, Stefan Dreibrodt, René Ohlrau, Lennart Brandtstätter, Marta Dal Corso, Welmoed Out, KnutRassmann, Natalia Burdo Mykhailo Videiko

In European prehistory, population agglomerations of more than 10,000 inhabitants per site
are  an  infrequent  phenomenon. The  unexpected  discovery  of  the Trypillia  mega-sites, excavated nearly 50 years ago by Soviet, Ukrainian and Moldavian archaeologists using a multidisciplinary approach, uncovered the remains of more than 2000 houses spread over 250 hectares. These extraordinary mega-sites developed at the border of the North Pontic Forest Steppe zone ca. 4100–3400 BCE.
One of the key mega-sites is Maidanetske in the Uman Region, Central Ukraine. In 2013, an interdisciplinary European team of researchers started new excavations at the site, which were analysed  under  the  frame  of  the  Collaborative  Research  Centre  SFB  1266 “Scales  of Transformation”. The  excavation  provoked  many  questions:  why,  how  and  under  what environmental conditions did Trypillia mega-sites develop? How long did they last? Were
social reasons responsible for transformation processes?

Bonn, Habelt 2017
-auch als eBook erhältlich-
ISBN 978-3-7749-4018-5