The Great Hungarian Plain (Alföld) is a flat steppeland. Prior to the modern period, large parts of Alföld were subject to seasonal flooding. Prehistoric settlements were situated in a landscape of oxbows and channels, groves, marshland and swamps, that were rich in wild aquatic resources. Early Neolithic sites in this region have usually thin stratigraphies and house remains are scanty and poorly preserved. Excavations have recovered pits, patches of clay house floors, ovens, hearths, and saddle querns. The range of crops was narrower in comparison to southeast Europe. Small ruminants predominated at some sites, while other assemblages contained mainly cattle bones.