Bronze Age village discovered in NW Romania
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    BUCHAREST, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- A village established in the Bronze Age has been recently discovered near Zalau town, northwestern Romania, the official Agerpres news agency reported on Wednesday.

    The discovery was made following an archeological discharge relating to 2 square kilometers in Recea, close to Zalau.

    "It is for the fist time in Transylvania, central-western region of Romania, when a village dating back to the Bronze Age iscompletely examined," said Ioan Bejinariu, the archeologist of the History and Art Museum in Zalau.

    "Only by conducting digging works on large areas of land can one have an overview of a location," said Bejinariu who is in charge of this site. "The village consists of eight houses built in the upper region of a hill on two almost parallel rows. Pits were found near the houses used for supplies' storage," he added.

    As many as 124 archeological sites were found, including houses, graves, supplies' pits or ovens, as well as two human skeletons dating back to several historical periods starting with 1500-1300 B.C. and up to the 3rd and 4th C A.D., Bejinariu informed.

    In addition to the location originating in the Bronze Age, a well-preserved pottery kiln was discovered on the Sulduba valley, dating back to the 3rd and 4th C A.D. According to Ioan Bejinariu, the oven confirms the region used to be populated by sedentary people in that period.

Editor: Yan
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