Chronology and Demography: How Many People Lived in a Mega-Site?

Videiko, Mykhailo and Müller, Johannes and Hofmann, Robert and Brandtstiitter, Lennart and Ohlrau, René (2016) Chronology and Demography: How Many People Lived in a Mega-Site? Trypillia Mega-Sites and European Prehistory 4100-3400 BCE / Themes in Contemporary Archaeology (2). pp. 133-170. ISSN 2056-6174; 2057-1011

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Since the discovery of the huge dimensions of Trypillia BIVCI mega-sites, estimations about their population size have mainly resulted magnitudes which are as extraordinary for European prehistory as the dimensions of the sites themselves. A variety of population calculations is known, usually (e.g. for Taljanky and Maidanetske) focusing on around 7500-25,000 inhabitants per site (Shmaglij, 1982; Shmaglij & Videiko, 1987; Kruts, 1989; Ohlrau, 2015). A basic assumption for these population estimations is the contemporaneity of the majority of houses in each megasite, which might be problematic. Also, for the reconstruction of the overall population density in the Southern Buh and Dnipro Interfluve, the question of the contemporaneity, or alternatively a sequential appearance, of mega-sites is very important. In many views, the mega-sites Nebelivka-Dobrovody-Taljanky-Maidanetske are described as a chronological sequence of about 15,000 people, moving after about fifty years from one site to the next, at a distance of about 20 km (Kruts, 1989). In other views, a contemporary existence of some of the mega-sites is supposed (MUller et al, in print). In such an argumentation, no less than about 30,000 people were projected as living contemporarily in mega-sites of the Volodymyrivsko-Tomashivska group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trypillia Culture; megasites; demography; chronology; Maidanetske
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Scopus
Divisions: Факультет суспільно-гуманітарних наук > Кафедра археології та давньої історії
Depositing User: д.і.н. Михайло Юрієвич Відейко
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 12:05
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 07:43

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