Dobrovody overview
Modern name(s) Dobrovody
Region Europe
Section Eastern Europe
Latitude 49.72103992 N suggest info
Longitude 25.64103539 E
Status Imprecise
Info Maydanets was the location of two separate settlements of the Neolithic Cucuteni-Trypillian culture. The first settlement, encompassing about 2 hectares (5 acres), was inhabited from the early 6th Millennium to the late 5th Millennium BC, and is located close to the outskirts of Maydanets along the road to Talne at a location called Grebenyukov Yar. This site was partially excavated by M. Shmaglij and N. Burdo between 1981-1989, during which time three dwellings and two bordei (earth-sheltered dwellings) were discovered and examined.

The second, much larger Cucuteni-Trypillian settlement is located on the left bank of the Tal'ianki River, west of Maydanets, which was inhabited from the 5th Millennium to the early 4th Millennium BC. The settlement encompassed about 250 hectares (600 acres), measuring 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in length and 1.1 kilometers (0.7 miles) wide, and was laid out in an oval pattern. This site was explored by an archaeologcal team led by M. Shmalij from 1971 to 1991, who employed magnetometric analysis to map out the settlement, revealing a total of 1575 buildings, including dwellings, fortifications, sanctuaries, and some two-storied houses. The excavation of the site produced almost 50 artifacts, including a unique collection of painted pottery and figurines. This settlement was one of the largest of the Cucuteni-Trypillian, making it also one of the largest settlements in the world during the time that it flourished.

In addition to the two Cucuteni-Trypillian cultural sites, Maydanets is also the location two other ancient archaeological sites. Two Yamna culture tumuli (burial mounds) are located near the village, containing eight graves dating back to the middle of the 3rd Millennium BC. Also, in the nearby Geliv Stav location, are the remains of a small settlement dating to the 4th century AD of the Chernyakhov culture.

In addition to the local museum in Maydanets, archaeological artifacts taken from local sites may be found in the Cherkasy Regional Museum, the Museum of Agriculture in Talne, the National Museum of History in Kiev, and the Institute of Archaeology, also in Kiev. There are also other nearby towns that are host to Neolithic settlements, including the village of Talianki, where the largest of all the Cucuteni-Trypillian settlements is located.
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49.721040, 25.641035 === 49.721040 N, 25.641035 E === 49° 43' 15.7" N, 25° 38' 27.7" E
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Database ID 1608, created 8 Oct 2010, 19:30, Last changed 10 Apr 2011, 01:46