Volodymyrivka archeological site

Image - Volodymyrivka archeological site: remnants of a sacrificial altar. Image - Volodymyrivka archeological expedition (1930s; with Syslvester Magura, top row, second from right).

Volodymyrivka archeological site [Стоянка Володимирівка; Stoianka Volodymyrivka]. See Map. A multi-occupational site along the tributary of the Boh River near Volodymyrivka, Novoarkhanhelsk raion, Kirovohrad oblast. Excavated in the 1930s and 1940s by Sylvester Magura, Tatiana Passek, among others, the site yielded eight Paleolithic occupations and a large settlement of the Trypillia culture. The artifacts uncovered included many fine pottery pieces, earthenware figures of women, models of homes, bones of wild and domestic animals, and various flint, horn, and bone items. The excavation of the entire Trypillia settlement, the only Trypillia site to be totally excavated at that time, uncovered the remains of some 200 structures arranged into five concentric circles. The immense size of the site, in which all structures appear to have been used contemporaneously, suggests that the larger Trypillia sites may have served as proto-urban centers.

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

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