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8 November 2008
Bronze Age village discovered in Romania

A village established in the Bronze Age has been recently discovered near Zalau town, northwestern Romania. The discovery was made following an archeological excavation over a 2 square kilometer area in Recea, close to Zalau.
     "It is for the fist time in Transylvania, central-western region of Romania, when a village dating back to the Bronze Age is completely examined," said Ioan Bejinariu, the archeologist of the History and Art Museum in Zalau. "Only by excavating large areas of land we can have an overview of a location," said Bejinariu who is in charge of this site. "The village consists of eight houses built in the upper part of a hill on two almost parallel rows. Pits were found near the houses used for supplies' storage," he added.
     As many as 124 archeological sites were found, including houses, graves, supplies' pits or ovens, as well as two human skeletons dating back to several historical periods starting with 1500-1300 BCE and up to the 3rd and 4th Century CE, Bejinariu added.

Source: China View (6 November 2008)

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