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A chronology of generations? A site-based study from the 6-5th Mill. settlement and cemetery of Alsónyék, South Western Hungary

Author(s): Anett Osztás ; Eszter Banffy ; Alasdair Whittle ; Alex Bayliss

Year: 2015

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The Alsónyék Neolithic site was found in the course of a motorway project. The earliest occupants were the first farmers arriving from the North Balkans. After a short gap two later Neolithic occupations were followed by an immense settlement and cemetery of the Lengyel culture: 120 robust houses and in sum 2400 burials could be excavated alone on the motorway track, and this size, completed with geomagnetic surveys, is left without any parallels in Central European Neolithic. In this key area, where our team tries to proceed with the archaeological, osteological and environmental analyses, the relative dating has been completed with the help more than two hundred radiocarbon samples, evaluated with the Bayesian statistical method. The comparison of the complex investigations allow us to define a series of micro-narratives about the lifetime of the 6.- and 5. Millennium occupations, in order to attempt to combine them into a long-term history of Neolithic at the southern margins of Central Europe.

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A chronology of generations? A site-based study from the 6-5th Mill. settlement and cemetery of Alsónyék, South Western Hungary. Eszter Banffy, Anett Osztás, Alex Bayliss, Alasdair Whittle. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394894)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America