Combining relative chronology and AMS 14C dating to contextualize ‘megasites’, serial migrations and diachronic expressions of material culture in the Western Tripolye culture, Ukraine

Authors

  • Thomas K. Harper Pennsylvania State University, Department of Anthropology, State College, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4969-1653
  • Aleksandr Diachenko National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Yuri Y. Rassamakin National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Dmitriy K. Chernovol National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Valentina A. Shumova National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Pavlo Nechitailo National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Rescue Archaeology Service, Kamenets-Podolskij, Ukraine
  • Vladislav V. Chabaniuk Tripolye Culture Preservation, Lehedzyne, Ukraine
  • Elena V. Tsvek National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Natalia M. Bilas Ivan Franko National University, Department of Archaeology and Special Historical Studies, Lviv, Ukraine
  • Yaroslav V. Pohoralskyi Ivan Franko National University, Department of Archaeology and Special Historical Studies, Lviv, Ukraine
  • Laurie R. Eccles Pennsylvania State University, Department of Anthropology, State College, United States
  • Douglas J. Kennett University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology, United States
  • Sergei N. Ryzhov National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Archaeology, Kyiv, Ukraine

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.48.11

Keywords:

Eneolithic, Cucuteni-Tripolye, migration, chronology, radiocarbon

Abstract

Scholarship regarding the Eneolithic Cucuteni-Tripolye cultural complex of Romania, Moldova and Ukraine has recently focused on ‘megasites’ of the Western Tripolye culture (WTC) in Central Ukraine. However, in order to properly contextualize such unusual phenomena, we must explore the broader typo-chronology of the WTC, which is suggestive of a high degree of mobility and technological transfer between regions. We report 28 new AMS 14C dates from sites representing diagnostic types and propose a high-resolution chronological sequence for the WTC’s development. Our results support the relative chronology and offer an opportunity to propose a new chronological synthesis for the WTC.

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Published

26.08.2021

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Harper, T. K., Diachenko, A., Rassamakin, Y. Y., Chernovol, D. K., Shumova, V. A., Nechitailo, P., Chabaniuk, V. V., Tsvek, E. V., Bilas, N. M., Pohoralskyi, Y. V., Eccles, L. R., Kennett, D. J., & Ryzhov, S. N. (2021). Combining relative chronology and AMS 14C dating to contextualize ‘megasites’, serial migrations and diachronic expressions of material culture in the Western Tripolye culture, Ukraine. Documenta Praehistorica, 48, 2–22. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.48.11

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