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7 th International Colloquium of Funerary Archaeology

Al 7-lea Colocviu internaţional de arheologie funerară

Topic : “The society of the living – the community of the dead” (from Neolithic to the Christian era)

Tema: „Societatea celor vii”- „comunitatea celor care dorm” (din neolitic la epoca creştină)

Sibiu 6-9 october / octombrie 2005

Early Bronze Age Burials and Settlements in the Ampoi Valley
(South-western Transylvania) (abstract)

Horia Ciugudean (Alba Iulia – Romania)

Part of the Apuseni Mountains and the famous Golden Quadrilateral, the Ampoi basin offered rich copper and gold/silver ores to the prehistoric communities of Transylvania starting with the Late Eneolithic/Early Bronze Age time.
Due to the extensive field surveys and excavations performed in the last twenty years, there is now a good opportunity to analyze the relations between the habitation areas and the burial ones in this area during the Early Bronze Age.
The Late Eneolithic subsistence strategies of the Coţofeni folk seem to be quite similar to the Early Bronze Age groups that followed them directly in most of the sites. The archaeo-zoological analysis from Poiana Ampoiului offers significant data for understanding the economical patterns of small communities living in the Ampoi valley during the first half of the 3rd millennium BC. Part of these patterns may explain the location of Early Bronze Age cemeteries as well as the funeral rites and rituals. The burial practices find good parallels in other Bronze Age cultures of the Carpathian-Balkan region.


International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences


The 30th comission

"Lucian Blaga" University Sibiu

Research Centre:

„BRUKENTHAL” National Museum


History Museum (MNBS)

Directia judeţeană pentru Cultură, Culte şi Patrimoniul Cultural Naţional Sibiu



For further information, please contact:

Prof.univ.dr. Sabin Adrian Luca: E - mail: sabinadrianluca@hotmail.com

Dr. Valeriu SIRBU: E - mail: valeriu_sirbu@yahoo.co.uk