The paper attempts at a brief overview and critical analysis of the stratigraphic evidence pertaining to settlement sites of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age from Upper Thrace. It draws together data from approximately 20 sites dated within the specified periods, among which, for the purpose of analysis, is included indirect evidence from nearby necropolis sites. Notably, the sites are distributed unevenly over the study area; however, this is determined by the state of research. The principle share of the empirical data is made available by the vigorous national infrastructure projects associated with the construction of the Thrakya and Maritsa highways and the modernization of the Plovdiv-Svilengrad railway.
The main inhibitor to the study of the early Thracian society is the lack of fully investigated settlement sites of Late Bronze-Early Iron Age date. Comparisons to the collections from the eponymous sites of Pshenichevo, Asenovets, and Razkopanitsa, satisfy less and less the comprehensive analyses inquiring into the myriad aspects of the early Thracian Antiquity. The want for an update of the archaeological data from those is palpable. Furthermore, ever more pressing is the need for pinning the artefacts, in particular pottery – the principle chronological marker from sealed deposits, by means of series of absolute (14С) dates, procured from as much as possible of ancient Thrace.