The ‘disappearance’ of Trypillia culture

  • Mykhailo Videiko Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv
Keywords: Trypillia-Cucuteni, intercultural relations, east of the Carpathians


The Trypillia-Cucuteni cultural complex over a period of almost 2000 years was an outstanding phenomenon east of the Carpathians, but it fell into decay. The Late period of Trypillia culture dates back to 3200–2700 BC and is represented by a few local types or so-called ‘post-Trypillia cultures’, all located in regions with different natural conditions and resources, from forest to steppe zones. Local features displayed different trends of change in the economy and material culture and also in social structures. The most conservative were groups with the highest development of social organisation and economy based on a division of labour, with proto-cities, as ‘points of rest’. On the borders of Trypillia culture, intercultural relations took on a special significance and led to changes in material culture and economy that materialised as a process of ‘disappearence’. It seems that these changes had a common point of departure – changes in the environment since 3200 BC.


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VideikoM. (2011). The ‘disappearance’ of Trypillia culture. Documenta Praehistorica, 38, 373-382.