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Getic culture in the Prut-Dniester area

Author: Levinschi Alexandru
Degree:doctor of history
Speciality: 07.00.06 - Archaeology
Scientific adviser: Oleg Leviţki
doctor habilitat, associate professor (docent), Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Institution: Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova


The thesis was presented on the 18 March, 2016
Approved by NCAA on the 21 April, 2016


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CZU 903/904(478+498)(043.2)

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Prut-Dniester area, Getic culture, Macedonian coins


Thesis structure: introduction, four chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography with 246 titles, 146 pages of the main text, abbreviations, appendices that include illustrative material with maps. The obtained results: published in 25 scientific papers, including one monograph.

Field of study: prehistoric archaeology, ancient history. The aim of the thesis is a detailed study on the culture of the Getae from the area between the Dniester and Prut.

The objectives of the thesis are: 1) analysis of the field research and historiography of the problem; 2) highlighting areas populated by Getae within the space; 3) evaluation of archaeological sources, including numismatic; 4) analysis of archaeological pieces discovered in sites; 5) establishing the relative and absolute chronology of the Getic culture from the Prut-Dniester area.

Methodology: this paper uses the cartographic, statistic, typological and analogue methods.

Scientific novelty: One of the most important contributions of this paper is the in-depth analysis of the Getic culture in an area limited to the Dniester-Prut forest steppe, which represents the north-eastern periphery of the vast Carpathian-Balkan area. This highlights many aspects of the social and economic life, maybe even political, that can’t be captured on the levelling background of research of the entire area.

The theoretical importance is the in-depth capitalization of the theme, focusing on various aspects of the material culture. The results can be used as a model for analyzing the Getic vestiges from different parts of the area, after which an overall investigation of the Getic culture phenomenon to the south and north of the Danube may be initiated.

The research contributed to solving the important scientific problem of the chronology of the Getic culture from the north-eastern periphery of the area. As a result, four blocks of pieces that serve as chronological reference points were established, which is a certain marker of Getic presence in this area for a period of about two centuries.

Practical value: this work will be of particular interest for researchers dealing with the Getic culture of any region of the area, as well as for those interested in synchronous archaeological cultures - the Scythians and the Celts. This study can also be used as a teaching tool for students of higher educational institutions specialized in Archaeology and Ancient History, for the study of the evolution of Thracian tribes in the south-eastern Europe.

Implementation of the results: The main ideas and results of this research were reflected in 25 scientific works, including one monograph, published domestically and abroad. Some topics were presented during the sessions of 12 national and international conferences.