The Last Great Chalcolithic Civilisation of Europe

Over one hundred years of research

  • 1884 - during the autumn of that year, Theodor Burada, a folklorist from Iasi, happened to be in the famous Cotnari grapevine region. There, he found out that some workers in a quarry in Cucuteni, a neighbouring village, kept finding painted pots and statuettes which they destroyed or sold.
  • 1885, May- June - N. Beldiceanu and D. Butculescu started excavations at the Cucuteni site
  • 1886 - 1887 - N. Beldiceanu continued the excavations, taking prof. Gr. C. Butureanu as a partner; new discoveries of "Cucuteni type" at Radaseni
  • 1888 - Gr. C. Butureanu has taken pover the research leadership at Cucuteni
  • 1893 - V. V. Hvoiko discovered and investigated the Tripolye site, in Western Ukraine. Later on, the Cucuteni-Tripolye cultural complex would become a whole composed of two related, yet somehow different cultures.
  • 1898 - Gr. C. Butureanu finished the study Preistoria in Romania (Prehistory in Romania) (the unpublished manuscript was lost during the first World War), presenting a detailed account of the research from Cucuteni, Radaseni and other sites from Moldavia; he was elected member of the Society of Anthropology in Paris
  • 1900 - at the 12th International Congress of Archaeology and Prehistoric Archaeology, held in Paris, A. de Mortillet has presented the paper Le néolithique en Roumanie et specialement sur la station de Cucuteni
  • 1907 - 1913 - Fr. László undertook systematic, vast diggings at Ariusd - "Tyiszk camp", an archaeologival site signaled by B. Orbán, J. Teutsch and I. Martian at the end of the 19th century, in South-East Transylvania

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