Stanove culture

Stanove culture. A Late Bronze Age culture that existed in Transcarpathia in the 14th to 12th century BC. It was named in the 1930s after a site in the region. The people of this culture lived in surface and semi-pit dwellings and had crematory burial practices. Their major economic activities included agriculture and animal husbandry, although hunting and gathering were common. Site excavations revealed bronze and gold items, including implements, armor, and horse trappings, and well-polished stone items. Some Stanove pottery was distinctively decorated with spirals and meanders. Scholars believe that the people of the Stanove culture eventually played a role in the development of the Hallstatt culture.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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