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 4: Just another day at the office.

Day 4: Just another day at the office.

Day 4: Just another day at the office.

Day 4: Just another day at the office.

Day 4: Tibi Nica taking topographic measurements.

Day 4: Tibi Nica taking topographic measurements.

Day 5: Tibi Nica taking measurements for opening a second ditch, perpendicular and crossing the first one at the point where two pots had been discovered in situ, there also the highest concentration of adobe fragments was found: our best bet to discover a dwelling.

Day 5: Tibi Nica taking measurements for opening a second ditch, perpendicular and crossing the first one at the point where two pots had been discovered in situ, there also the highest concentration of adobe fragments was found: our best bet to discover a dwelling.

Day 6: The 3rd pot discovered in ditch 1 had been cleaned, recorded and is ready to be removed.

Day 6: The 3rd pot discovered in ditch 1 had been cleaned, recorded and is ready to be removed.

Day 5: The end of first week. Despite a promising geomagnetic scan, a systematic survey of the ground by driving boreholes on a grid fails to bring any evidence of burnt dwellings / adobe, as yet. The survey continues, the flint tools are found by the bucket, and a third pot in situ had been discovered in the first ditch, which is reaching now 60 m, still where are the walls!? To be continued.

Day 5: The end of first week. Despite a promising geomagnetic scan, a systematic survey of the ground by driving boreholes on a grid fails to bring any evidence of burnt dwellings / adobe, as yet. The survey continues, the flint tools are found by the bucket, and a third pot in situ had been discovered in the first ditch, which is reaching now 60 m, still where are the walls!? To be continued.

Day 5: Quite a ditch!

Day 5: Quite a ditch!

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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