Tulucești, Valea Mărului, Galați, axe, axe-hammer, the Middle Ages.Abstract:
Random discoveries have allowed us to discover some very interesting artifacts - four iron axes, relating to the period of the Middle Ages. None of them has archaeological context; they were found in the collections of two school museums from the villages in the county of Galați, where we carried out archaeological research: Tulucești(A) and Valea Mărului (B).
These items are not rarities (such artifacts are known in Romania, as well as in Europe), but to date it is the only finds of this kind in southern Moldova. In addition, the presence of the original ornamentation on two axes, which has no analogies in the literature available to us, prompted us to present them in this publication, although some of these items have already been published.
List of illustrations:
Fig. 1. Physical map of the Galați County indicating the villages of Tulucești and Valea Mărului.
Fig. 2. Axe-hammer found at Tulucești (photo by C. Croitoru; drawing by C. Istrati).
Fig. 3. Axe found at Tulucești (photo by C. Croitoru; drawing by C. Istrati).
Fig. 4. Axe found at Valea Mărului (photo by C. Croitoru; drawing by C. Istrati).
Fig. 5. Letter from 27 November 1974, the annex.
Fig. 6. Distribution map of axes on the territory of Moldova. A. hammer-axes: Bălteni; Iași; Piatra Neamț; Mâdrești; Murgeni; Tulucești; Vaslui. B. axes: Câmpulung; Coșna; Cozănești; Dărmănești; Piatra Neamț; Suceava; Șuletea; Vatra Dornei; Vutcani.
Fig. 7. Hammer-axes discovered at: 1 - Bălteni; 2 - Curcani; 3 - Gugești; 4 - Murgeni; 5 - Mândrești; 6 - Iași; 7 - Pitra Neamț; 8 - Tulucești; 9 - Vaslui.
Fig. 8. Axes discovered at: 1 - Câmpulung; 2 - Coșna; 3 - Cozănești; 4 - Dărmănești; 5 - Piatra Neamț; 6 - Suceava; 7 - Șuletea; 8 - Vatra Dornei; 9 - Vutcani.