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2 June 2012
Prague district yields evidence of 5500 BCE settlement

Not long ago, archaeologists found evidence of the oldest ploughed field here, tended five and a half thousand years ago. Now the imprints of structures have been found, dating back some 7,500 years.
     The site - in the northern district of Bubenec, in a bend of the Vltava river - yields up fascinating finds from the mysterious peoples who inhabited Central Europe before the Europeans. It is well known that they farmed in at least 3500 BCE, and lived there long before. Now comes the first hard evidence of that earlier settlement.
     Radek Baly is the director of the Czech Archaeological Society and heads the team that made the find: "We found two longhouses from the Neolithic. One was rectangular in shape and was about 7,000 years old. The other was trapezoidal and was about 6,500 years old."
     Trapezoidal longhouses are common for the Linear Pottery culture that inhabited Europe in the early Stone Age; these peoples comprised a Danubian culture that cleared forests, practiced crop rotation, and imported goods from the south.

Edited from Radio.cz (22 May 2012)

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