Grncharica, The misfit in the Balkan Neolithic? Pottery typology and the monochrome Neolithic phase in Macedonia

Stojanovski, Darko and Nacev, Trajce (2013) Grncharica, The misfit in the Balkan Neolithic? Pottery typology and the monochrome Neolithic phase in Macedonia. In: 19th EAA Annual Meeting, 4-8 Sept 2013, Pilsen, Czech Republic. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The beginning of the Neolithic way of life in The Balkans is widely accepted as a multi-faceted and complicated process, imported, triggered or influenced from more than one external source. The debate on the "aceramic" (or pre-pottery) phase aside, in the last decade the existence of a purely "monochrome" phase has been questioned also. This paper joins the debate by presenting typological profile of the pottery assemblage of Grncharica - a Neolithic settlement in Macedonia. So far, no settlement from Republic of Macedonia have been attributed to a Monochrome Neolithic phase. 14C dates from Neolithic sites in general are few and old. Compared with assemblages from neighboring countries, the predominant monochrome pottery assemblage of Grncharica positions the site at the very beginning of the Early Neolithic, but the results from the two 14C dating samples, taken from the only burial discovered in the settlement, are five or six centuries later than one would expect. There is an obvious conflict between relative and absolute dating, which calls for further studies and reconsideration of the chronological frame of the Balkan Neolithic, established half a century ago.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: Humanities > History and archaeology
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Trajce Nacev
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2013 13:27
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2013 13:27
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/8604

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