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The medieval world cannot be fully understood without an exhaustive insight into the town as a whole, and all that it represented: a community of free, privileged citizens for whom trade and the manufacture of common or luxury items were a way of life. The political, social, and geographic scope of our research covers part of Central and Eastern Europe. The historical specifics of the area led to the rise of two principalities mostly populated by Romanians: Wallachia and Moldavia. The 15th century is the prime period for medieval towns in the area, but this begins to change at the dawn of the dynamic 16th century. Archaeological excavations could provide valuable information, as they did for many western towns, but Wallachia and Moldavia had only few thorough archaeological initiatives.

Keywords: archaeological excavations; Eastern Europe; medieval world; Romanians; Wallachia



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