An international team of archaeologists has discovered a previously unknown network of massive objects in Europe. According to the results of the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the discovery may explain the appearance in this part of the world of Bronze Age megaforts – the largest prehistoric structures that were built before the Iron Age.
Scientists analyzed satellite imagery and aerial photography to reconstruct the prehistoric landscape of the southern Carpathian Basin in central Europe. More than a hundred megastructures have been discovered that were used as defensive enclosures and were probably the forerunners of Europe’s famous Bronze Age fortifications.
According to scientists, some of these sites, called megaforts, have been known for several years, such as Hradište Idoš, Canadpalota, Santana and Cornesti Yarkuri, surrounded by 33 km of ditches. The discovery indicates that these settlements did not stand in isolation, but were part of a dense network of closely interdependent communities called the Tisza Site Group (TSG).
Almost all TSG sites are located within five kilometers of each other and are aligned along the river corridor formed by the Tisza and Danube. They served as an important center of innovation in prehistoric Europe and formed a major network hub for the region, while the Mycenaeans, Hittites and the New Kingdom Egypt were at the peak of their development around 1500-1200 BC. The vast majority of sites were founded between 1600 and 1450 BC, and virtually all fell into disrepair around 1200.https://musicnewsfirst.com/