Study of round ditch system from Late Neolithic at Gétye

These neolithic round ditches are one of the most misterious phenomenon of the prehistoric age.

Despite of the fact that our research across Central-Europe goes back to several centuries, still the earthworks are surrounded by a number of misteries and legends. One elemental and unanswered question is the reason why these earthworks were built and what they were used for by the people of Late Neolithic. In this case we can only guess. There are several theories about their function including the assumptions that the earthworks were sun temples, ancient observatories, fortresses or refuges. So far none of these theories were reliably proven.
The marks of a round ditch system from Neolithic period used the by the peoples of Lengyel culture was discovered at the borders of Gétye. The examination is still ongoing. A research group, organized to study the Neolithic earthworks (round ditch systems, ditches, ramparts, mounds) in Zala County, has done several field and magnetometer surveys on this site. Magnometer surveys are based on the laws of physics according to which Earth's magnetic field is modified by former changes, which traces with sensitive machines can be showed. Simultaneously, we did GPS surveys, as well. The last time, we did reasearch work was in 2012, and the processing of those collected data is ongoing.

Members of the research group: two archeologists from Museums of Zala County: Judit P. Barna and Csilla Száraz; two archeologists from No. 2. Regional Office of Hungarian National Museum - National Heritage Centre: Zita Mária Tokai and István Eke; Emília Pásztor archeologist and archeoastronomist; Sándor Puszta geophysicist (Fractal Bt.); and János Busznyák GIS specialist (Pannon University, Georgikon Faculty, Keszthely, Department of Economic Methodology).
Our work was supported by Balaton Museum Foundation and the No. 2. Regional Office of Hungarian National Museum - National Heritage Centre.

P. Barna Judit, PhD

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