ArchaeoCafé Podcast – Episode 27 – Archaeology with a dash of salt: An interview with Vasile Diaconu

hosted by Otis Crandell and Tommy Ng

In this episode, we talk with Vasile Diaconu about the Cucuteni culture, salt production in prehistory, and about learning and teaching ancient skills.

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Some useful terminology and links

the “Copper Age”. A cultural period at the end of the Stone Age when people had the technology to produce copper. Some researchers consider it a part of the Neolithic, while others consider it an intermediary age between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.

Bronze Age
a period of time characterized by bronze artefacts and the use of bronze implements. In Europe, it follows the Neolithic or Chalcolithic and ranges from about 3200 BCE (although much earlier in the Balkan region) until about 600 BCE.

Cucuteni culture
also known as the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture and Tripolye culture, this was a Neolithic and Chalcolithic culture located in the Republic of Moldova, western Ukraine, and northeastern Romania from approximately 5500 to 2750 BCE.

Museum History and Ethnography of Targu Neamt
[in Romanian: Muzeul de Istorie şi Etnografie Târgu Neamț]
The museum exhibits show the history of the Târgu Neamț, particularly from the mediaeval period, as well of the traditional crafts and tools of Neamț county.

A mace is a blunt weapon that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful strikes. The material of the mace head varies throughout history, often having been stone, bone or metal.


About Vasile Diaconu

Dr. Diaconu is an archaeologist Museum History and Ethnography of Târgu Neamț in eastern Romania. His research focuses on the Cucuteni culture, and salt production in prehistory. He uses a hands-on approach to learning and teaching about history by incorporating experimental and experiential activities.





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