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Ruina Hill


GPS (47.948683; 26.085681)
district Suceava
region Siret
locality Siret
category Archeological memorable places
year Hallstatt A


The archaeological site of Siret – Ruina Hill was inhabited in two different historical ages: eneolithic (Cucuteni culture, phase B) and the first Iron Age (Gáva Holihrady culture, Grănicești group). The Hallstattian settlement occupies dozens of hectares, being one of the largest settlements in the Eastern Carpathians during that period, allowing the supervision of the valley of Siret River up to an impressive distance. Probably, the settlement is connected to the crossing point of an important main road. Research has shown that the resort was reinforced on the east side by a ditch doubled by a remblai and wood palisades. It is situated precisely at the limit between the today´s agricultural lands and the forest of Pădureni village and represents the only visible aspect of the old settlement. The surface or partially underground dwellings, belonging to two different periods of occupation, although having enough space between them, show the civilian character of the settlement. The name of the site originates, most probably, in the ruins of the Austrian border guard office from the period in which Bukovina was part of the Hapsburg and then of the Austro- Hungarian Empire.