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Early to mid-Holocene human-river interactions in the Lower Danube Valley: new research at Poiana (Teleorman County)

Mills, Stephen, Mirea, Pavel, Pannett, Amelia and Macklin, Mark 2018. Early to mid-Holocene human-river interactions in the Lower Danube Valley: new research at Poiana (Teleorman County). Buletinul Muzeului Judeţean Teleorman 10 , pp. 27-43.

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This paper presents new research in an alluvial basin of the Lower Danube Valley between Turnu Măgurele and Zimnicea in southern Teleorman County. In terms of archaeology, the area had not been previously systematically investigated. During the twentieth century, and especially before the late 1960s to early 1970s, there were major landscape changes as result of massive desiccation and impoundment. Most prehistoric and ancient archaeological finds were previously discovered incidentally. The earliest traces of human activity were identified on the loess terraces bordering the north of the Danube floodplain. Noteworthy is the research focused on the Upper Palaeolithic at Ciuperceni, first carried out in the late 1970s, and then, more recently, between 2006 and 2008. Other prehistoric evidence has been discovered during systematic research around Poiana village (formerly Flămânda)on former Danube terraces and the northern bank of former Lake Bercelui. Importantly, the oldest evidence could date to the Mesolithic, followed by the early and developed (late) Neolithic. Starting in 2013, a collaborative research project between Cardiff and Lincoln Universities from the UK and the Teleorman County Museum aims to better understand this chronological sequence and will investigate the palaeoenvironmental and hydrological histories of the Danube and the impact of the river on human communities over time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
ISSN: 2065 – 5290
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 12 September 2018
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 14:47

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