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> THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF CUCUTENI 2002 - 2003

UNIVERSITATEA “AL.I.CUZA” IASI,
FACULTATEA DE ISTORIE,
CENTRUL INTERDISCIPLINAR DE STUDII ARHEOISTORICE

MOLDOVA NATIONAL MUSEUM COMPLEX IN IASI,
THE HISTORY MUSEUM IN IASI

THE MAY0RALITY OF CUCUTENI VILLAGE

 

 

The first time when Cucuteni was mentioned in historical sources was in 1662 and it became part of the universal cultural circuit at the end on the 19th century when on Cetatuia hill there were discovered the first vestiges of the most exquisite neolithical culture in Europe, the Cucuteni culture. To all these discoveries at the middle of the last century there were added a golden treasure and a princely TUMULAR tomb belonging to the GETA-Dacian civilization which, together with the neolithical ones, illustrate two of the greatest prehistorical and PROTO historical civilizations of the Romanian space.

To exhibit in a modern way the discoveries from Cucuteni, The Moldavian History Museum in Iasi, The Faculty of History of The University of Iasi and The Mayorality of Cucuteni have started in 2001, under the management of university assistant and phd dr Vasile Cotiuga, a project of an archaeological park with two objectives: restructuring the actual museum which houses the princely tomb, and the recreation of a neolithical Cucuteni village. Thus, the Romanian museography joins the Europeean trend of presenting old civilization by reconstructing complete settlements as those in Ramioul (Belgium), Chalain (France), Unteruhldingen (Germany), Lejre si Ribe (Denmark), Sz?zhalombatta (Hungary) etc. In these archaeological parks, besides the fact that the vistors can directly see how a prehistorical village was organized, they can also take part, as in Lejre, to the rebuilding of a whole village from the iron age, or as in Ribe where a Viking village was recreated, and a day of these times was relived and even they could participate in daily activities , such as melting the metal, making of some tools and arms, spinning and weaving, processing animal skins, preparing the food etc.

In August 2002 and 2003, the first step to create an archaeological park was made with the financial help given by two famous personalities of the Romanian DIASPORA from USA, prof dr Claudiu Matasa and dr Napoleon Savescu, president of the International Dacia Revival Foundation, together with dr Romeo Dumitrescu, president of 3rd Millenium-Cucuteni, a great lover of this culture, and with the voluntarily participation of teams of 25 students from four universities. They rebuild a Cucuteni house, made tools of polished stone, recreated the techniques of pottery and cooking. The result obtained, that we?ll present briefly in our next pages, are promising and that was the foundation of The Archaeological Park from Cucuteni.

 

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