Stolniceni – Excavation results from the 2017 campaign

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Stanislav Ţerna
Andreea Vornicu-Ţerna
Robert Hofmann
Marta Dal Corso
Liudmyla Shatilo
Mariana Vasilache-Curoşu
Vitalii Rud
Hannes Knapp
Wiebke Kirleis
Knut Rassmann
Johannes Müller


During extensive field work, different aspects of the large Tripolye settlement Stolniceni I in northwest Moldova were investigated by an international team. These investigations allow a reassessment of these population agglomerations from the first half of the 4th millennium BCE in Moldova and their comparison with more eastern Tripolye sites. The investigations carried out in 2017 included the completion of the archaeo-magnetic survey of the settlement and the targeted archaeological excavations of various types of contexts. Besides the investigation of a ditch enclosing the site and test trenches in different parts of the settlement, the excavations focused mainly on two areas in the north of the settlement: On the one hand, excavations were carried out in a pottery production complex, including the uncovering of a pottery kiln, several pits and a dwelling. On the other hand, one specific ‘ash-mound-like’ anomaly was investigated which are arranged in regular intervals at the periphery of the settlement. The archaeological excavations were accompanied by comprehensive archaeobotanical analyses, which provide an insight into the subsistence and wood selection in the settlement, as well as permitting environmental reconstructions. A larger series of 14C-datings proves the occupation of the settlement Stolniceni I over a longer period between about 3925 and 3700 BCE.

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Ţerna, Stanislav, Andreea Vornicu-Ţerna, Robert Hofmann, Marta Dal Corso, Liudmyla Shatilo, Mariana Vasilache-Curoşu, Vitalii Rud, Hannes Knapp, Wiebke Kirleis, Knut Rassmann, and Johannes Müller. 2019. “Stolniceni – Excavation Results from the 2017 Campaign”. Journal of Neolithic Archaeology 21 (December), 209–281.