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UCD archaeology brings to light Europe’s hidden Bronze Age megastructures

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Archaeologists from University College Dublin, working with colleagues from Serbia and Slovenia, have uncovered a previously unknown network of massive sites in the heart of Europe that could explain the emergence of the continent’s Bronze Age megaforts – the largest prehistoric constructions seen prior to the Iron Age.

Using satellite images and aerial photography to stitch together the prehistoric landscape of the south Carpathian Basin in Central Europe, the team discovered over 100 sites belonging to a complex society.
Their commonplace use of defensible enclosures were a precursor and likely influence behind the famous hillforts of Europe, built to protect communities later in the Bronze Age.

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