Drenovac: a Neolithic settlement in the Middle Morava Valley, Serbia
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The Late Neolithic houses excavated at Drenovac, Serbia, rank amongst the best-preserved in Europe. In particular, the preservation of collapsed second-storey floors offers unique insights into household and social organisation. The site of Slatina-Turska esma, Drenovac, is located in the Middle Morava Valley of central Serbia (Figure 1). It is a deeply stratified site, with cultural deposits up to 6.5m thick, that spans two main periods of occupation (separated by a hiatus of approximately 700 years): the Early Neolithic Starevo Culture (6100-5900 BC) and the Late Neolithic Vina Culture (5300-4700/4500 BC). The site was first recorded in 1966, and the first large-scale excavations undertaken between 1968 and 1971 (Vetni 1974: 125-39; Peri 2004). In 2004, the Archaeological Institute in Belgrade conducted further excavations to improve understanding of the site's chronology, stratigraphy, formation processes and occupation dynamics (Peri 2009; Peri & Peri 2014). Geomagnetic surveys wer...e carried out in parallel with further excavations undertaken between 2008 and 2011 in cooperation with the Romano-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute (Peri et al. 2016) and, between 2012 and 2013, with the Viminacium Centre for New Technologies. An extensive geomagnetic survey here offers extraordinary insights into the layout and extent of the Late Neolithic settlement, and has enabled targeted excavations (Figure 1).
Keywords:Late Neolithic houses / Late Neolithic settlement / Drenovac
Source:Antiquity, 2017, 91, 357
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