Journal of World Prehistory

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The Tripolye culture: Centenary of research

  • Vladimir G. Zbenovich
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Abstract

The Tripolye culture of the sixth and fifth millennia B.P., which spread over the territory of what is today Ukraine and Moldova, holds a special place in the prehistoric archaeology of southeastern Europe. This major European culture of the Copper Age existed for about 1500 years and survived as a rudiment of painted pottery cultures until the beginning of the Bronze Age. Its archaeological embodiment is highly diverse, expressive, and distinctive. Forming the eastern fringe of the Balkan-Danube early farming cultures, the Tripofye culture came into close contact with the world of the nomadic steppe herders, and both influenced their culture and was, in turn, influenced by them. This article attempts to synthesize the Tripofye culture archaeology on the occasion of the recent centenary of its investigation.

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southeastern Europe Copper Age Tripolye culture early farmers 

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  • Vladimir G. Zbenovich
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  1. 1.Israel Antiquities Authority, Main OfficeJerusalemIsrael

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