The Karanovo culture is a neolithic culture (Karanovo I-III ca. 62nd to 55th centuries BC) named for the Bulgarian village of Karanovo (Караново, Sliven Province ). The site at Karanovo itself was a hilltop settlement of 18 buildings, housing some 100 inhabitants.. This site was inhabited more or less continuously from the early 7th to the early 2nd millennia BC.
The layers at Karanovo are employed as a chronological system for Balkans prehistory:
- Stefan Hiller, Vassil Nikolov (eds.), Karanovo III. Beiträge zum Neolithikum in Südosteuropa Österreichisch-Bulgarische Ausgrabungen und Forschungen in Karanovo, Band III, Vienna (2000), ISBN 3-901232-19-2.
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