AUTHOR: Costel ILIE
RECENT DISCOVERIES IN NEGRILEŞTI-SCHOOLYARD ARCHAELOGICAL SITE, GALAŢI COUNTY
Danubius, XXXVIII, Galaţi, 2020, pp. 7-38.
In 2020, in the topographic sector B4-B5 (“Kindergarten”), two digging units, SG17 and SG18, were investigated. 38 housing complexes (household pits, supply pits, dwellings, fire installations) and 11 graves were unearthed. 22 storage pits with archaeological material belonging to Monteoru (1), Noua (11) and Sântana de Mureş-Černjachov (3) cultures, and the modern period (7) were also discovered. In addition, eight fire installations, five hearths and three kilns were identified, as well as four dwellings, one from the Late Bronze Age, two from the 4th century AD and one from the modern period.
In 2019-2020, in the topographic sector C3 (“Pine”), two areas were investigated, Cas.1 / 2019 / P and Cas.1 / 2020 / P, which led to the discovery of 26 archaeological complexes and structures. 19 household pits were researched: two pits contained ceramic material dating from the early Neolithic (Starčevo-Criş culture), 11 had deposits from the Late Bronze Age (Noua culture), three belonged to the Sântana de Mureş-Černjachov culture, one belonged to the pre-medieval period and two belonged to the modern era. Two dwellings were discovered, one from the 9th-10th centuries AD, which included a stone kiln and another from the modern period, as well as two hearths from the 4th century AD.
Recent research at the Negrilești-Schoolyard site has led to the discovery of another 64 housing complexes and archaeological structures, dating from the Neolithic to the modern era, as well as 11 inhumation graves from the pre-medieval and medieval periods.
The discoveries reflect the high population density and the succession of human communities from prehistory to the modern era, confirming the intense habitation in this area of the Bârlad River basin.