Rise of Tyranny in Prehistoric Ukraine May Have Killed Off Its Mega-settlements

Over 6,000 years ago, hamlets in the Dnieper Valley coalesced to form giant settlements in which it seems democracy arose far earlier than in Greece - for awhile

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Aerial view of the 200 hectare-large settlement area of the Tripolye mega-site Maidanetske with excavation areas.
Aerial view of the Tripolye mega-site Maidanetske, Ukraine, with excavation areas.Credit: Hofmann et al, 2019
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
Maidanetske: Red: Central mega-structure. Yellow: Mega-structures in the ring-corridor. Blue buildings: Mega-structures at different positions of radial pathwaysCredit: Hofmann et al, 2019
Prof. Robert Hofman (pink shirt) talking with Mykhailo Videiko at the site of the Maidanetske mega-settlement, UkraineCredit: © Sarah Jagiolla / Christia-Al

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