Were the Trypillia mega-sites the first cities in Europe?

A quick reminder of that one of the regular local society events to come in the next week is the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland’s lecture by Professor John Chapman and Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska on Saturday afternoon with a poster of the details attached here.

An abstract for the lecture notes:

“It is now recognised that Trypillia mega-sites of the Ukraine and Moldova were the largest settlements in 4th millennium BC Europe – the largest as big as the first Near Eastern cities. The first 40 years of investigation of the Trypillia mega-sites (1971 – 2011) gave an understanding of broad planning principles but also provided exaggerated site sizes, little detail on intra-site grouping and no indication of intra-site phasing. After five years of intensive, inter-disciplinary, international projects, the key questions for current mega-site studies now focus round the problematic relationship between the huge size of the mega-sites and the complete absence so far of any materialisation of social differentiation. Could it be that long-term, all-year-round, permanent occupation by a huge urban population is the wrong model for mega-sites?”

This lecture will answer will answer the title of this email, as well answer the question above from using a range of evidence  to provide fresh answers on the site.

Details for the ‘Arch & Arch’ can be found at our Local Societies and Groups page, as well as their 2016 programme in our events here.

As ever please let us know of any further events – you might know about something, but someone else perhaps interested in it might not!

AKE/27.02.2016

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