|General Description :
||After 1953, the Institute of History and Archeology “A. D. Xenopol” in Iasi grew into the centre of specialty research and of archaeological research in particular, becoming a nucleus for the activity of specialists both from the University, and from the Museum. The publication, starting from 1961, of the journal Arheologia Moldovei (“Archaeology of Moldavia”), founded by professor M. Petrescu-Dimbovita, offered scholars in Iasi and their colleagues from all over the country the possibility of publishing the results of their own research. Within the Ancient History and Archaeology Department, several archaeological research programmes on the larger systematic digging yards were initiated by C.S. Nicolaescu-Plopsor, I. Nestor, Vl. Dumitrescu and M. Petrescu-Dimbovita; among these, the programmes at Valea Jijiei, Suceava and on the terraces of Bistrita river (Ceahlau area), together with the diggings carried out at the great sites of Cucuteni culture at Habasesti, Iasi county, and Trusesti, Botosani county, compelled recognition due to the particular value of the results attained. Receiving the State Award on 1951 and on 1954 for their participation in the diggings at Habasesti and contribution to the site monograph meant the first national acknowledgement of the prestige of the archaeological school in Iasi, the creation of professor M. Petrescu-Dimbovita.