XI, 2015, 1

Saint Nicholas Church from Bălineşti. Observations and Findings | p. 31–72

Bălineşti, boyar residence, Dragotă Tăutu, Ion Tăutu, medieval archaeology


The archaeological excavations performed between 2002 and 2004 at the church of chancellor Ion Tăutu court from Bălineşti, Grămeşti commune, Suceava County, yielded some important results. First we determined the technical details of the foundation of the church. Second we found that the present porch is the result of a change in the original plan, which provided for a space outside the entrance of the church, of smaller dimensions than the current porch and, probably, not as high. Finally, we investigated the interior, especially, and exterior necropolis and we were able to identify some of the tombs, even though they were devastated for the most part. Thus we identified the tombs of Ion Tăutu, of his sons and of Dragotă Tăutu. Also we discovered tombs from a later period (18th century), when the boyar residence was no longer inhabited by descendants of the main branch of Tăutu family.