Mircea Anghelinu

Mircea Anghelinu
Valahia University of Târgoviste · Department of History

Ph.D

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Introduction
Mircea Anghelinu currently works at the Department of History, Valahia University of Târgoviste. Mircea does research in Paleolithic archaeology, archaeological theory and history of archaeology, and Quaternary Geology. His most recent publication is 'The Palaeolithic site Bistricioara-Lutarie III in the Romanian Carpathians – Insights from various luminescence methods.'
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November 1997 - present
Valahia University of Târgoviste
Position
  • Head of Department
November 1997 - October 2015
Valahia University of Târgoviste
Position
  • Head of Department

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Publications (58)
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Des témoignages d'une fréquentation de la moyenne montagne à la faveur d'améliorations climatiques par des groupes de Néandertaliens? RÉSUMÉ: La grotte Cioarei à Borosteni est un exemple de l'occupation humaine de vallées des Carpates. Les niveaux du Paléolithique moyen de ce gisement sont datés principalement entre 50 et 40 000 B.P. par 14 C. Ils...
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This paper brings to light new results regarding the petroarchaeological investigations of the lithic raw materials used at the multi-layered site of Bistricioara-Lutărie III. These investigations include a series of field surveys for the identification and sampling of geological deposits with archaeologically relevant siliceous rocks, but also a c...
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Abstract: It is nowadays generally well acknowledged that archaeological excavation and documentation methods have a major impact on interpretations of the record. In the last decades, the effort to mitigate potential biases became increasingly visible, generally by combining high-resolution excavations with detailed accounts of employed methodolog...
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The Bistricioara-Lutărie III (BL III) Upper Paleolithic site belongs to the dense network of multilayered sites located along the Bistrița Valley, Eastern Romanian Carpathians. Its Gravettian layer with shouldered points (ca. 27 ka cal BP) opens a succession of Gravettian and Epigravettian cultural layers covering the entire timespan of the Last Gl...
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The late Pleniglacial was characterized by different palaeoenvironmental and geographical modifications, which affected the diverse living beings that had to adapt to those peculiar conditions. This paper intends to explore how this phenomenon may have impacted the practices of the nomadic human populations who occupied the East European Plain duri...
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The role of environmental change in the evolution of cultural traits is a topic of long-standing scientific debate with strongly contrasting views. Major obstacles for assessing environmental impacts on the evolution of material culture are the fragmentary nature of archaeological and – to a somewhat lesser extent – geoscientific archives and the i...
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A major impact of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) on the East-Central European Upper Paleolithic (UP) demographic and cultural adaptation is now largely acknowledged. Archaeologically, the basic trend leading to a fragmentation of the Gravettian technocomplex and the emergence of increasingly regionally-focused paleo-cultural units is also generally...
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The Eastern Romanian Carpathians harbor a rich Upper Paleolithic archaeological record, mostly concentrated on the Bistrița river terraces. Despite extensive field research spanning decades, the regional archaeological record has long suffered from poor chronometric support and contradictory taxonomy. The recently excavated spot at Bistricioara-Lut...
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The extensive research in the Ceahlaului area, initially conducted between 1955-1959, led to the identification and investigation of more than 20 points, some of them being complex sites, with several levels of habitation, attributed to different stages of the Upper Palaeolithic. However, the correlation of data related to syn- and post-depositiona...
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The Pleistocene deposits capping fluvial terraces in the Bistrita valley (Eastern Carpathians, Romania) host a high density of Upper Palaeolithic (UP) settlements, rendering this area a type-region for Late Pleistocene cultural evolution in eastern Romania and beyond. Despite its archaeological significance, site formation, palaeoenvironmental cont...
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The archaeological research of the substantial and diverse Romanian karst has a long history going back to nineteenth-century antiquarians. A more systematic interest emerged, however, in the interwar times and continues to the present day. The earliest proof for the human use of caves in the Romanian Carpathian area belongs to the Last Interglacia...
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Résumé L’Est de la Roumanie est une région étendue sur 87 500 km², ouverte vers les steppes orientales, et le lieu de la plus grande concentration connue des sites gravettiens et épigravettiens du pays. Les recherches archéologiques y ont commencé dès les années 1930 et ont été considérablement amplifiées durant les années 1950, avant la réalisatio...
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Eyed needles have been traditionally linked to sewing/embroidering actions, clearly associated with means of processing/decorating clothes or adornment clasping. For a long time, the appearance of these tools was placed in Central and Western Europe, in Magdalenian times. Recent discoveries have pushed back this moment with ca. 50 ka. On the Romani...
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Eyed needles have been traditionally linked to sewing/embroidering actions, clearly associated with means of processing/decorating clothes or adornment clasping. For a long time, the appearance of these tools was placed in Central and Western Europe, in Magdalenian times. Recent discoveries have pushed back this moment with ca. 50 ka. On the Romani...
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The loess derivates on top of the terrace gravels in the Bistrita valley (Carpathians, northeastern Romania) host a large number of Palaeolithic settlements, some of which reveal several distinct cultural layers characterised by charcoal, other combustion features and/or scattered lithics. While the youngest productive layers at the site Bistricioa...
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Previous works focused on optically stimulated luminescence dating of quartz extracted from Romanian and Serbian loess reported significant discrepancies between ages obtained on fine (4-11 μm) and coarse (63-90 μm) quartz. The present study is directed at expanding these investigations. The SAR-OSL and double SAR-OSL protocols are applied on quart...
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The key position held by Romania's territory for the available scenarios regarding the expansion of the Upper Paleolithic “cultural package” in Europe has been recently reinforced by the finds of the oldest European Homo sapiens sapiens remains in the Oase Cave (Southwestern Romania). However, in spite of its paradigmatic association to the first a...
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Despite its richness, the Romanian Paleolithic record has remained for decades relatively poorly known to the broader scienti!c community. The situation swiftly changed after the !nd at Oase Cave, which brought the Romanian paleoanthropological and archeological record into intensive focus, spurring several international research projects devoted t...
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The Paleolithic sites Româneşti and Coşava, situated at the foothills of the Banat Mountains in Romania, provide an important testament of life of the first European modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) during Middle Pleniglacial. Even though these sites have been extensively excavated, little is known about the site formation of related loess-like...
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In the Bistrița valley, a variety of different materials were used for producing knapped tools during the Upper Palaeolithic. Among these, chert is the most common. Previous research carried out in this region has indicated the possible use of flint imported from the Moldavian Plateau (over 100km away) although until now no petrographic studies hav...
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The mismatch between the human paleoanthropological ‘tree’ and the paleo-cognitive ‘ladder’ has been recently attributed to epistemological biases affecting the mainstream narratives on cognitive evolution. The present paper takes issue with such a perspective and argues for a rather continuous cognitive development along the human lineage, as docu...
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In contrast to the widely acknowledged anthropological finds in Oase Cave and to the key geographical position of Romanian territory for the assumed dispersion of Anatomically Modern Humans in Europe, the archaeological information regarding the emergence of the Upper Paleolithic in Romania remains poorly known to a broader scientific community. Th...
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- Previous archaeological research in the Banat area (South-western Romania) resulted in the definition of a chronologically late Krems-Dufour type Aurignacian, followed by the isolated find of several considerably old anatomically modern human (AMH) remains at Oase Cave, several decades later. The last find set the stage for new stratigraphic, chr...
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From the initial researches in the 1950’s, the geological and archeological sequences preserved on the Bistrița terraces have been constantly thought to provide a remarkably complete chronicle of the Upper Paleolithic in eastern Romania. The local Pleistocene geological archives hosted Aurignacian, Gravettian, Epigravettian and Swiderian layers. Va...
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LittLe tooLs or LittLe weapons? testing the use of aurignacian and epigravettian bLadeLets as projectiLe impLements A B S T R A C T L. Niţă, M. Anghelinu, V. Sitlivy, M. Mărgărit, F. Dumitru 2012. Little Tools Or Little Weapons? Testing The Use Of Aurignacian And Epigravettian Bladelets As Projectile Implements, AAC 47: 5–29. The morphology and use...
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Palaeomagnetic investigations were carried out at the archaeological site of Poiana Cireşului (Romania) to check whether the loess records a reliable palaeomagnetic signal, and to compare this signal to reference data. The sediments are composed of loess and loess-like sediments. Pedogenic alterations and a pronounced cultural layer occur in the se...
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Proceedings of the Symposium by the Prehistoric Commision of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Novemer 9-11, 2005
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Upper Palaeolithic chronological and cultural sequences on the Bistriţa Valley (northeastern Romania) have been in the focus of more than five decades of field work and debates. Despite substantial excavation surfaces and impressively large lithic assemblages, the results remained stubbornly confusing: when compared to the European cultural success...
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Prehistoric archaeology researches usually face the difficult challenge of random and heavily fragmented data, which persuades a rather materialist approach, especially when it comes to Palaeolithic studies. The latter are typically reduced to more or less imaginative or sophisticated interpretations of the lithic samples, so that the entire chrono...
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The Palaeolithic site of Poiana Cireşului (North-Eastern Romania) belongs to a long geological sequence which covers the Upper Pleniglacial and the Late Glacial and displays a remarkable cultural succession. Four Gravettian and Epigravettian layers have been identified in the upper part of the deposit, from which two are outstandingly rich in archa...
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The authors provide the first report of a Middle Palaeolithic assemblage from Romania. The data suggest short-lived occupation and intriguing evidence of the use of ochre. This study of the lithic assemblages from Cioarei cave provides the first information about the technological behaviour of humans living in the south of the Carpathian mountains....
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Cuvinte cheie: paleoliticul superior, nordul României, gravettian, epigravettian, vânători. 1. LOCALIZARE ŞI SCURT ISTORIC AL CERCETĂRILOR Situl paleolitic de la Poiana Cireşului se află plasat la aproximativ 4 km de Piatra Neamţ, pe malul drept al Bistriţei şi în preajma confluenţei râului cu pârâul Doamna. Situl este amplasat pe un nivel de erozi...

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