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The Second Phase of the Trypillia Mega-site Methodological Revolution: A New Research Agenda

Chapman, John; Videiko, Mikhail Yu; Hale, Duncan; Gaydarska, Bisserka; Burdo, Natalia; Rassman, Knut; Mischka, Carsten; Müller, Johannes; Korvin-Piotrovskiy, Aleksey; Kruts, Volodymyr

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Authors

John Chapman

Mikhail Yu Videiko

Duncan Hale

Bisserka Gaydarska

Natalia Burdo

Knut Rassman

Carsten Mischka

Johannes Müller

Aleksey Korvin-Piotrovskiy

Volodymyr Kruts



Abstract

The first phase of the Trypillia mega-sites’ methodological revolution began in 1971 with aerial photography, magnetic prospection, and archaeological excavations of huge settlements of hundreds of hectares belonging to the Trypillia culture in Ukraine. Since 2009, we have created a second phase of the methodological revolution in studies of Trypillia mega-sites, which has provided more significant advances in our understanding of these large sites than any other single research development in the last three decades, thanks partly to the participation of joint Ukrainian-foreign teams. In this paper, we outline the main aspects of the second phase, using examples from the Anglo-Ukrainian project ‘Early urbanism in prehistoric Europe: the case of the Trypillia mega-sites’, working at Nebelivka (also spelled ‘Nebilivka’), and the Ukrainian-German project ‘Economy, demography and social space of Trypillia mega-sites’, working at Taljanky (‘Talianki’), Maydanetske (‘Maydanetskoe’), and Dobrovody, as well as the smaller site at Apolianka.

Citation

Chapman, J., Videiko, M. Y., Hale, D., Gaydarska, B., Burdo, N., Rassman, K., …Kruts, V. (2014). The Second Phase of the Trypillia Mega-site Methodological Revolution: A New Research Agenda. European Journal of Archaeology, 7(3), 369-406. https://doi.org/10.1179/1461957114y.0000000062

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 21, 2014
Deposit Date May 9, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 16, 2014
Journal European Journal of Archaeology
Print ISSN 1461-9571
Electronic ISSN 1741-2722
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 369-406
DOI https://doi.org/10.1179/1461957114y.0000000062
Keywords Mega-site, Trypillia, Archaeological method, Settlement, Houses.

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