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This new book fills in a large blank space by presenting in English detailed archaeological findings previously available only in Russian, Ukrainian, and Rumanian. It covers the late Neolithic and the Copper Age, c.5,000-3,000 BC, in the area from the Carpathian Mountains northeast to the Dnieper River in what is now Ukraine and Moldova. This is a meaty book which requires some chewing by non-specialists, with challenging passages such as "Srednestogovskij type ceramics of the Molyukhov Bugor kind date to a later period." I found it necessary to pause many times and look up terms on line. Incidentally, the book explains that a "giant-settlement" is a large grouping of Neolithic/Aeneolithic houses which might be mistaken for a town except for the lack of any ceremonial or administrative spaces. I suppose this sort of settlement must be unique to this region in the prehistoric world. I would like to have seen some illustrations of the enigmatic figurines of this culture, but they seem to be its best known feature, at least in English writing, so anyway that information is available elsewhere. Contains interesting speculation about the movement of populations during that era. The essays stick close to the archaeological evidence, and do not stray into the minefield which is the much later origin of the Slavs. The page count above is wrong; it is not 174, it is 264.
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