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Beneath the surface: Exploring variability in pottery paste recipes within Vinča culture

Amicone, S; Mathur, AR; Pavitra, RD; Mirković-Marić, N; Pantović, I; Kuzmanović-Cvetković, J; (2020) Beneath the surface: Exploring variability in pottery paste recipes within Vinča culture. Quaternary International , 560-61 pp. 86-101. 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.04.017. Green open access

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Abstract

This study applies thin-section petrography to a wide selection of ceramic and geological samples from four archaeological sites (Belovode, Pločnik, Gradište-Iđjoš, and Potporanj) belonging to both the Neolithic and Chalcolithic phases of the Vinča culture phenomenon (c. 5350 to 4600 BCE) to track intra- and interregional traditions of pottery production with a focus on paste recipes. The results of this study suggest that Vinča pottery manufacturing traditions possess general technical similarities, with significant differences resulting from both environmental constraints and deliberate choices. The comparison of these results with those of other petrographic studies in the Neolithic/Chalcolithic Balkans further emphasises that Vinča pottery reflects numerous communities of practice that fall under the umbrella of 'Vinča culture'. This is visible in the varying processes of selecting and manipulating raw materials for ceramic production. Therefore, differences between Vinča pottery assemblages reflect various models of interaction between people and their landscape as well as different technological traditions. Overall, this approach allows us to discuss the problem of similarities and differences in material culture from a perspective that emphasises the socially constructed nature of ceramics.

Type: Article
Title: Beneath the surface: Exploring variability in pottery paste recipes within Vinča culture
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.04.017
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2020.04.017
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Late neolithic, Vinča culture, Material culture, Ancient technology, Ceramic petrography, Regionalism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096813
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