The Lower Danube Survey for Paleolithic Sites: Survey and excavation of Paleolithic sites in the Lower Danube
Since 2010, Fellow Radu Ioviţă, who is currently a research fellow at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz (RGZM), has led the international field project The Lower Danube Survey for Paleolithic Sites (LoDanS). This project represents a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany), the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz (Germany), and the "Vasile Pârvan" Institute of Archaeology of the Romanian Academy of Sciences.
The project aims to uncover the Paleolithic settlement of the loess-karst steppic area of the Lower Danube Basin at a landscape scale, via a geomorphologically-informed archaeological survey and excavation. In the spring of 2011, the focus was on preliminary excavations at the newly discovered (in 2010) Lower Paleolithic site of Dealul Guran, a collapsed rockshelter site on a cliff near the village of Pestera. Dealul Guran is the oldest archaeological site in Romania, and one of the oldest radiometrically-dated sites in the region, providing unique clues to the first colonization of eastern Europe by hominins. In addition, further paleoenvironmental and chronostratigraphic work was conducted on the approximately 40-meter thick continuous loess-paleosol sequence at a nearby quarry close to the village of Urluia.
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