Excavations at Beregovo, 2012.
The site Beregovo I, south of the town of Beregovo, is located on a ridge, which was partly quarried away by industrial sand/gravel production. This is also how the site has been identified. Nowadays, the quarry is no longer active and, hence, the site no longer endangered. Past excavations provided a large lithic collection, but very limited information on the number of levels, the stratigraphic position of the lithic artefacts, and no information on the environmental context.
NEMO-ADAP project member Vitaly Usik cleaned a section and started excavating a small test-pit in 2006 and 2007. Since 2010 the current team has conducted several fieldwork seasons (September 2010, 2012 and 2013) at the site to enlarge the original test-pit and to explore the potential of the site for future work (Usik et al., 2010).
Up to now more than 20m2 have been excavated. Excavations employ piece-plotting of artefacts with total stations documenting their stratigraphic context and systematic wet-sieving of all excavated sediments. In total, we excavated more than 28,000 objects (piece-plotted and wet-sieving) from one archaeological horizon.
The NEMO-ADAP project Leica total station with a Trimble Recon data collector in use at Beregovo I, September 2013.
Vertical find distribution at Beregovo I (2010 to 2012 excavation data). Legend: Green: Lithic artefacts, Blue: Stones, Red: Tuff, Grey: Charcoal.
The lithic artifacts point towards a Proto-Aurignacian assemblage. Raw materials include various cherts of different quality, andesite as well as quartz. Raw material analysis is on-going (in collaboration with Bela Racz, a raw material specialist from the University of Beregovo). Core reduction clearly points towards unidirectional blade and bladelet production. The bladelet production includes various special bladelet cores. Detailed attribute and refitting analyses are ongoing, preliminary results suggest a high refitting rate. Retouched tools include carinated/nosed endscrapers and abundant retouched bladelets, including Dufour bladelets subtype Dufour.
Selected lithic from Beregovo I: 1, 8, 10: nosed endscraper, 2-7: retouched bladelet fragment (Dufour bladelet subtype Dufour), 9: burin, 11: core tablet.
Radiocarbon dating of Picea charcoal samples in the radiocarbon laboratories of University of Groningen (Johannes van der Plicht) and Mannheim (Bern Kromer) is in progress. The Picea charcoal samples were cleaned and identified by Freddy Damblon (RBINS, Brussels). We are employing both ABA and ABOx pre-treatment and use cross-dating between two laboratories (Haesaerts et al., 2013). Preliminary results show good agreement of the ages produced in both laboratories. Additionally, we have sampled for cryptotephra (Dustin White) but the sampled part of the sequence did not show the presence of any tephra sherds. Pollen analysis (Natasha Gerasimenko, University of Kiev) to prove an environmental context is ongoing.
Haesaerts, P., Damblon, F., Nigst, P. & Hublin, J.-J. (2013). ABA and ABOx Radiocarbon Cross-Dating on Charcoal from Middle Pleniglacial Loess Deposits in Austria, Moravia, and Western Ukraine, Radiocarbon 55(3-4): 641-7.
Koulakovska, L., Usik, V. & Haesaerts, P. (2010). Early Paleolithic of Korolevo site (Transcarpathia, Ukraine), Quaternary International 223: 116-30.
Usik, V., Koulakovska, L., Nigst, P.R. & Haesaerts, P. (2013). Research on the Palaeolithic in Transcarpathia, in Archaeological Research in Ukraine 2012, Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, pp. 173-4.
Usik, V.I., Monigal, K. & Kulakovskaya, L. (2006). New Perspectives on the Transcarpathian Middle to Upper Paleolithic Boundary, in NJ Conard (ed), When Neanderthals nad Modern Humans met, Kerns Verlag, Tübingen, pp. 213-32.