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Social formation and collapse in the Tisza-Maros region: dating the Maros Group and its Late Bronze Age successors

  • John M. O'Shea (a1), Györgyi Parditka (a1), Amy Nicodemus (a2), Kristian Kristiansen (a3), Karl-Göran Sjögren (a3), László Paja (a4), György Pálfi (a4) and Lidija Milašinović (a5)...

Abstract

Radiocarbon dating is paramount for chronologically defining the rise of polities in the Middle Bronze Age Carpathian Basin. This article presents a suite of new radiocarbon dates obtained from sites associated with the Early and Middle Bronze Age Maros Group, and its Late Bronze Age successors in the Tisza-Maros region of south-east Hungary, western Romania and northern Serbia. The results indicate tight chronological synchronisation of Middle Bronze Age settlements and cemeteries in the Maros region, while confirming the accuracy of ceramic-based relative chronology for the Szőreg cemetery.

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