Cercetător ştiinţific III, dr., Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane „C. S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor”, Craiova, al Academiei Române;
This article encompasses a general overview on the history of the researches for the period we are studying, in the context of the concepts’ evolution regarding the end of the Bronze Age and the passing to the First Iron Age. From this short presentation of the researches’ history can be noticed that fact that existed a constant tendency to separate/delimitate the Bronze Age from the Iron Age, despite some different appreciation on the ambiguity of this dichotomy. As we have seen above, there had been different attempts to excel those terminological conventions in the Romanian archaeological research (also see Dumitru Berciu, Kurt Horedt, Sebastian Morintz, Valeriu Leahu, Marian Gumă). It is remarkable the fact that such attempts are different especially through the searching of some criteria that seem to strengthen those conceptions. It is also obvious that notions such “passing” or “transition” cannot define a certain historical or cultural sequence and, therefore, are meant to fail because of their and ambiguity.
archaeological research, south-western Romania, beginning of the Iron Age, 20th century.