Urlaţi Neolithic Settlement, Archaeological Digs August 2013

Organised by Prahova County Museum of History & Archaeology, the digs aim to identify at least one dwelling belonging to Gumelniţa culture. Following the discovery of the site, archaeologist Alin Frînculeasa carried out 3 preliminary evaluations and one geomagnetic scan of the area. In 2013 together with colleagues: Bianca Preda, Octav Negrea, Claudia Dumitrescu, Tibi Nica and a team of young enthusiastic locals, first steps are taken towards the systematic study of this prehistoric settlement.
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Day 12: Irinel with a fragment of anthropomorphic figurine. Having its features covered with earth it was set aside by him as just another piece of adobe, just to be spotted by Bianca’s expert eyes.

Day 12: Irinel with a fragment of anthropomorphic figurine. Having its features covered with earth it was set aside by him as just another piece of adobe, just to be spotted by Bianca’s expert eyes.

Day 12: Gabi with fragment of zoomorphic figurine unearthed in pit 1.

Day 12: Gabi with fragment of zoomorphic figurine unearthed in pit 1.

Day 12: Andrei with a fragment of a female figurine, right hip.

Day 12: Andrei with a fragment of a female figurine, right hip.

Day 12: Schneider with flint “axe”. Both ditches yielded an unusual high number of flint tools whole, fragments and flakes left behind from their fashioning, by a process called flint knapping.

Day 12: Schneider with flint “axe”. Both ditches yielded an unusual high number of flint tools whole, fragments and flakes left behind from their fashioning, by a process called flint knapping.

Day 12: Cristi with a whole flint blade. It was found on the surface of a nearby field that had recently been ploughed.

Day 12: Cristi with a whole flint blade. It was found on the surface of a nearby field that had recently been ploughed.

Day 12: Profile of pit 2 which had been filled with prehistoric refuse. It contained fragments of clay figurines and bones which can offer the possibility of C14 dating. The larger pit 1 visible on the left.

Day 12: Profile of pit 2 which had been filled with prehistoric refuse. It contained fragments of clay figurines and bones which can offer the possibility of C14 dating. The larger pit 1 visible on the left.

Day 12: Profile pit 2.

Day 12: Profile pit 2.

Day 12: Profile pit 1.

Day 12: Profile pit 1.

Day 11: Irinel cleaning the second 2.

Day 11: Irinel cleaning the second 2.

Day 11: Profile pit 1 and 2: digging in the footsteps of the ones who more than 5 thousand years ago have dug in search for clay to build their dwellings and pots.

Day 11: Profile pit 1 and 2: digging in the footsteps of the ones who more than 5 thousand years ago have dug in search for clay to build their dwellings and pots.

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