Tășnad Project

The Criș Site of Tășnad Sere (Satu Mare Province, Romania) is well known by previous rescue excavations, which have uncovered the remains of three post-built-houses, as well as possible pit-houses. A research excavation directed by Ulrike Sommer (UCL) aims at uncovering an occupation surface as well as sub-surface features in greater detail in order to understand the internal organisation of the village and the relationship among households. The collaboration project with the CCA-BW through the employment of ceramic petrographic analysis aims to characterise the raw materials employed to produce the pottery at the site and the technological processes through which pottery was produced. The general aim of the study is to shed light on whether individual households within one settlement tried to express different cultural identities and how this is reflected in pottery technology and potentially by different chaîne opératoire.

Publications regardings this project:

Sommer, U., Amicone, S., Chernysheva, E. (2019). Micro- and Macroarchaeology - How can the two be combined? In: Palincaş, N. and Ponta, C. C. (eds), Bridging Science and Heritage. Proceedings of the 5th Balkan Symposium of Archaeometry 25th-29th Sept. 2016, Sinaia, Romania (Oxford: Archaeopress), 1–15.