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Archaeological records of the Carpathian-Dniester area in the V-III centuries B.C. as the source of ethnic interpretation

Author: Corobcean Andrei
Degree:doctor of history
Speciality: 07.00.06 - Archaeology
Scientific adviser: Ion Niculiţă
doctor habilitat, professor, Moldova State University
Institution: Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 9 March, 2017
Approved by NCAA on the 31 May, 2017


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CZU 903/904(478)”-04/-02”(043.3)

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253 pages


Carpathian-Dniester area, archaeological records, material culture, ethnoarchaeology, ethnicity, ethnic interpretation, stylistic variation


Thesis structure: Introduction, 3 chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography with 317 titles, 148 pages of main text, abbreviations, appendices, 22 figures, 5 maps, 4 tables.

The field of study: prehistoric archaeology, ancient history, ethnoarchaeology.

The aim of the thesis is an assessment of the ethno-determinative nature of archaeological records of the V-III centuries B.C. of the Carpathian-Dniester area in terms of the new approaches of ethnicity with large implication of ethnoarchaeological data through: identification of criteria of etnic attribution in archaeology; analysis of evolution of their etnic approach; evaluation of the ethnic paradigm in archaeology; the emphasising of ethnic value of household structures and funerary traditions; ethnoarchaeological argumentation of the ethnic relevance of the stylistic variation.

The scientific novelty: it is a first attempt to summarize the ethnic approach of the archaeological remains of the 3rd quart of I Millennium B.C. of the studied area and to determine their possible ethno-determinative value from ethnoarchaeological perspective.

The theoretical importance: is the complex and multidimensional approach of the relevance of archaeological records from a given context through the correlation with recent theoretical frames of the archaeology of ethnicity.

The solved scientific problem consist in the reappraisal of the ethnic approach of the remains of the V-III centuries B.C. of Carpathian-Dniester area, which have emphasized the need of interdisciplinary analysis of the interpretational possibilities of the archaeological records in terms of new methodological tendencies.

Practical value of thesis resides from their utility for the researches in ethnic interpretation in archaeology. It can be used by more specialists and students in humanities.

Implementation of the results: The main results of the work was implemented in the frame of 3 research projects of the Laboratory „Tracologie” (MSU). They have been included in programs of university courses at the Faculty of Historiy and Philosophy (MSU).