| Landscape changes in study area from Mostiștea Basin (1791-2018). Landscape changes within a ten-km radius.

| Landscape changes in study area from Mostiștea Basin (1791-2018). Landscape changes within a ten-km radius.

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Through time, both natural and cultural heritage have unfortunately been under threat due to multiple environmental and human-induced factors, which are likely to trigger various hazards such as soil erosion, landslides, or land collapse. The analysis of old cartographic material, aerial imagery, and satellite imagery has been used in multiple stud...

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... the selected buffer size of 10 km around the Mostiștea river, the analysis also covers parts of the Vlăsiei Plain in the north and details of the Danube Meadow in the southern section. Figure 4 shows the evolution of land use over the last 230 years, as described below, while Figure 5 graphically shows the dynamics of land cover area by representing absolute values expressed in hectares. ...
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... the year 1791 as a reference in Figure 6B, the analysis of the individual classes allowed us to make the following observations: the fastest and continuous growth in terms of the surface area seems to be, as expected, the growth of artificial surfaces such as villages, industrial buildings, roads, or railways (up to 351%). The most extensive land cover from the study area is occupied by agricultural areas, growing from 133,806 ha in 1791 to 153,998 ha in 2018 ( Figures 5, 6). Compared to the measurements in the 1791 maps, the surface has a slight increase of 9% in 1955, rising up to 17% in 1968, followed by slight decreases between 1980 and 2018. ...
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... investigations highlight how natural and anthropogenic interventions from the last 230 years in the Mostiștea Valley have modified the landscape and how these processes have affected the cultural heritage. The differences between the data derived from the 1791 map and the 2018 map involve a massive extension of the Mostiștea waterbodies, agricultural lands, and artificial areas at the expense of shrinking forested areas and wetlands ( Figure 5). During this process, the greatest threat to archeological sites was the enlargement of the water surface and the transformation of marshy or forested areas into agricultural land. ...

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... In archaeology, the technique is used for various applications, such as feature The target area was not chosen randomly, as it has been the most investigated region in Romania since the beginning of the 20th century. Romanian archaeologists carried out intensive excavations in the Chalcolithic and Middle/Late Neolithic sites of Călărași County, which formed the basis for the definition of two emblematic prehistoric cultures in the Northern Balkans, the Boian and the Gumelnița [14,15]. Moreover, these investigations contributed to determining the relative chronology of archaeological cultures in Romania. ...
... The target area was not chosen randomly, as it has been the most investigated region in Romania since the beginning of the 20th century. Romanian archaeologists carried out intensive excavations in the Chalcolithic and Middle/Late Neolithic sites of Călăras , i County, which formed the basis for the definition of two emblematic prehistoric cultures in the Northern Balkans, the Boian and the Gumelnit , a [14,15]. Moreover, these investigations contributed to determining the relative chronology of archaeological cultures in Romania. ...
... The hillshade map and the false colour composite cover the plane east of the settlement and reveal some old river channels presented in the area before systematic cultivation in the last century. Thus, these data are used to put the archaeological site in a larger spatial and historical context, which will be helpful for future research (e.g., extending the results presented by Covataru et al. [15]). ...
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