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The Cucuteni culture (also Cucuteni-Tripolie, after the Romanian Cucuteni and the Ukrainian Trypillia villages) is an early 5th millennium BC neolithic culture of Central Europe, in the area of modern-day Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine, in the Dniestr-Dnjepr region.
It has been known since 1884, and first excavations were begun in 1909. The first settlements discovered were in northern Romania, hence the naming of the culture after a Romanian village, but further artifacts discovered later indicate that the geographical center of the culture probably lay further north, perhaps in Moldova. Some suggest that the center lay near the Ukrainian village of Trypillia, this suggestion being mostly advanced by Ukrainian researchers.
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