A New Bronze Age Mega-fort in Southeastern Europe: Recent Archaeological Investigations at Gradište Iđoš and their Regional Significance

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Title: A New Bronze Age Mega-fort in Southeastern Europe: Recent Archaeological Investigations at Gradište Iđoš and their Regional Significance
Authors: Molloy, BarryJovanović, DraganBruyère, Carolineet al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11796
Date: 19-Mar-2020
Online since: 2020-12-09T14:48:57Z
Abstract: A newly discovered network of later Bronze Age fortified sites of unusually large size are discussed, with a primary focus on results of excavations at the site of Gradište Iđoš. Closely associated with the rivers Mureš, Tisza, and Danube, these sites are located in the southeast of the Carpathian Basin in central Europe. On current evidence, the main period of construction and occupation took place between 1400–1100 b.c., probably constituting successor communities of the tell-centred societies of the Middle Bronze Age. Geophysical survey and excavation results from Gradište Iđoš, the largest site in this network in Serbia, are presented in this paper within their regional context. We discuss preliminary insights into the structural development of the site, alongside a correlation of new 14C dates with relative ceramic chronological markers and the results of faunal analysis. These results provide new perspectives on settlement systems at the dawn of Urnfield cultural traditions in this region.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Research Council
Funding Details: Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information
DFG (German Research Foundation) Graduate School Project
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: Journal of Field Archaeology
Volume: 45
Issue: 4
Start page: 293
End page: 314
Copyright (published version): 2020 Trustees of Boston University
Keywords: Urnfield settlementBronze Age fortificationsBelegišGavaMega-forts
DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2020.1734899
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0093-4690
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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