Defining function in Neolithic ceramics: the example of Makriyalos, Greece

  • Dushka Urem-Kotsou Department of Archaeology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
  • Kostas Kotsakis Department of Archaeology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
  • Ben Stern Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
Keywords: pottery function, residue analyses, lipids, GC–MS, late Neolithic, Makriyalos, Northern Greece

Abstract

Recent development in chemical analyses of organic remains in archaeological ceramics gives new possibilities to the study of pottery use. They could be of crucial importance in assessing vessel’s use, especially when combined with contextual, technomorphological and use-alteration analysis data. Using the example of the late Neolithic pottery from Makriyalos, Northern Greece, we discuss some of the problems in determining the use of the vessels from archaeological context, and show the benefits of integrating chemical analysis of organic remains in approaching this issue.

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Published
2002-12-22
How to Cite
Urem-Kotsou, D., Kotsakis, K., & Stern, B. (2002). Defining function in Neolithic ceramics: the example of Makriyalos, Greece. Documenta Praehistorica, 29, 109-118. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.29.9
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