GROUND GAINED BY WEEDS
The ancient settlement site lies on an island in the freshwater Lake of Durankulak (Durankulashko ezero).
Over the millennia, the Lake was at times connected, at times disconnected from the Black Sea. It was separated from sea waters by a narrow strip of sandy land - one of the longest unexploited Bulgarian beaches - a fact explained with the cold sea current flowing past the shore. The beach stretch ends in Romania.
Today no more than random rows of stone piles have remained of Lake Town (5400--4100 B.C.). During its construction, the ancient people began using wood as a building material.
By way of landmarks, I would like to refresh your memory and mention that:
- The pre-dynastic period in ancient Egypt dates back to the 4th millennium B.C.
- The Sumerians appeared in the Mesopotamian region around 3300-3200 B.C.
- The Phoenicians settled in the lands of would-be Phoenicia, their kingdom, in the 3rd millennium B.C. (tribal legends say they had come from the Black Sea areas).
- The Israelites conquered Palestine in the 13th-11th centuries B.C.
- The first historical kingdom, Shan-Yin, arose in the 16th century B.C. in the territory of modern China.
The development of Neolithic cultures in the lands lying south of the Danube, reaching as far down as the Crete Island, followed more or less the same pace. Naturally enough, the Neolithic people did not care about our modern national borders.
Last update made on 31-10-2007
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