Excavations of an Early Neolithic Site at Tăşnad, Romania

Ciprian Astaloș, Ulrike Sommer, Cristian Virag


The town of Tăşnad, in north-west Romania, is situated at the western end of the Tăşnad Hills which rise to a height of up to 230m above sea-level; the site ‘Sere’ is situated south-west of the town near a thermal spa on the banks of the Cehal river, a tributary of the Ier. The Cehal valley opens towards the Ier and Someş plains which form the north-easternmost part of the Great Hungarian Plain, a marshy area until the large-scale drainage-works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Even today, the Cehal valley is quite swampy, especially at the confluence with the Ier. The Austrian military maps demonstrate large-scale forest-clearance during the last three centuries; at the end of the 18th century, the site itself was still forested. Several prehistoric sites from different periods are located on the first and second terraces of the Cehal, at altitudes of around 140m.

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How to cite: Astaloș, C, Sommer, U and Virag, C 2013. Excavations of an Early Neolithic Site at Tăşnad, Romania. Archaeology International 16:47-53, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1614

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Published on 24 October 2013.

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