Cucuteni

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For the village in Botoșani County, see Durnești. For the village in Dâmbovița County, see Moțăieni. For another village in Iași County, see Lețcani.

Coordinates: 47°16′N 26°56′E / 47.267°N 26.933°E / 47.267; 26.933

Cucuteni
Commune
Cucuteni is located in Romania
Cucuteni
Cucuteni
Coordinates: 47°16′N 26°56′E / 47.267°N 26.933°E / 47.267; 26.933
Country  Romania
County Iași County
Population (2002)[1] 1,446
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Archaeological Reserve of Cucuteni is under the direct coordination of the Moldavia's History Museum
Dacian helmet from Cucuteni Baiceni Royal Tomb[2]
Dacian bracelet from Cucuteni Baiceni Royal Tomb

Cucuteni (Romanian pronunciation: [kukuˈtenʲ]) is a commune in Iași County, Romania, with a population of 1,446 as of 2002. It is located 45 km from the city of Iași and 10 km from the town of Târgu Frumos. Neighbouring villages and communes are Todirești (to the north), Târgu Frumos and Cotnari (to the east) and Ruginoasa (to the west). The name of the village is derived from Romanian word "cucută", meaning hemlock. The commune is composed of four villages: Băiceni, Bărbătești, Cucuteni and Săcărești.

A trove of ancient artifacts was discovered in Cucuteni in 1884. It was determined that these artifacts had been produced by an ancient people whose existence and culture had previously been unknown to modern scholars. Those scholars named the newly discovered ancient culture the Cucuteni culture, after the name of the village in which artifacts of that culture had first been discovered.

In Cucuteni village there is an archeological museum displaying artifacts of the Cucuteni culture, as well as a church built in the 15th century during the rule of Stephen III of Moldavia .

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