Abstract is part of session #470:
Tripolye mobility patterns, house duration and demography: The evidence of radiocarbon dating
Numerous new 14C data from different Tripolye settlements enable settlement-related analyses on house, village and town biographies as well as information on the relationship of different Tripolye regions to each other. The results are correlated with archaeological data, primarily stratigraphy and typology of pottery, and the presence of imports. A reassessment of e.g. the data from Maidanestke, Nebelivka and Talianky informs about demographic and cultural processes.
We observe different processes. The emergence of megasites is linked to the depopulation of other regions and the concentration of population in a previously sparsely populated area. In the process, previously separate communities are obviously drawn together. There is also a strong demographic interaction between megasites, through which moments of fluid societies can be identified. In particular, the relocation of large settlements through gradual demographic exchange is discernible. Radiocarbon data can also be used to better assess different phenomena. Some mega-settlements, e.g. Nebelivka, were never settled and abandoned early, while others, e.g. Maidanetske, represent a typical populous mega-settlement. This explains some misinterpretations of the megasite phenomenon of the past.
Tripolye, Radiocarbon dating, house duration, archaeo-demography, mobility patterns
Marta dal Corso1
1 Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology Kiel
2 Römisch-Germanische-Kommission DAI Frankfurt
3 Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
4 Laboratory of Archaeology, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Kyiv, Ukraine