The Largest Prehistoric Fortification in Europe

Fortificatie banat

Banat region | Romania (1.500 – 1.000 B.C.)

A massive Late Bronze Age fortified settlement in Central Europe has been the subject of a new and exemplary investigation by excavation and site survey.

This prehistoric enclosure, nearly 6 km across, had a complex development, dense occupation and signs of destruction by fire. It can hardly be other than a capital city playing a role in the determinant struggle of its day—weighty and far reaching events of the European continent now being chronicled by archaeology.

The total area of over 1700 ha is that of the outermost ring (Enclosure IV), which measures 5.5 km east–west and c . 3.9 km north–south, with a perimeter length of almost 16 km.

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