Romanian archaeologists believe they have found a 7,000 years old temple on the banks of Prut river.
The 1,000 metre structure was found within the Cucuteni culture area, on the shore of Prut river, close to Ripiceni commune by a group of researchers from Botosani, Iasi and Suceava.
The structure was found after two weeks of digging. Aureal Melniciuc, the director of the History museum in Botosani stated that this mega-structure is unique in the Romanian prehistoric. The researchers are still digging and until now they were able to examine about 100 metre square, by using small brushes and spatulas. They have launched several hypotheses, such as the fact that the place might have been a place for pilgrimage or it could have been the home of a tribe leader.
The discovery was investigated by doctor Dumitru Boghian, who is currently teaching at the Stefan cel Mare university in Suceava. He said that the structure had palisade and defence structures. The building was set on a wooden structure and made of clays and straws. Boghian noted that it is possible that the structure was the home of a tribe leader, however, this fact is hard to prove from an archaeological point of view.
This newly discovered structure is part of a larger area called the Cucuteni culture. The area is 25 hectare wide and it has many houses with distinguished areas and this structure seems to be surrounded by defence walls. The area has been under investigation for 5 years.
Until now, researchers know several things about the Cucuteni culture: they had a high standard of living, they had villages that had established places for religious, commercial or administrative functions.They also used many inventions from the neolithic era.