Early Neolithic jar burials in southeast Europe: a comparative approach

  • Krum Bacvarov Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: jar burials, early chronological level, southeast Europe, Central Anatolia


A typical product of early farming symbolism, jar burial, appeared in the beginning of southeast European Neolithization. Early jar burial development in south-east Europe displays two distinct chronological levels: an early Neolithic core area in the Struma and Vardar valleys and the western Rhodope, and later, late/final Neolithic and/or early Chalcolithic – depending on local terminology – manifestations ‘scattered’ in various places in the study area. It is the early chronological level of jar burial distribution that will be considered here in relation to the first expressions of these mortuary practices in Central Anatolia, in order to throw some light on the specifics of their origins and variability.


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BacvarovK. (2006). Early Neolithic jar burials in southeast Europe: a comparative approach. Documenta Praehistorica, 33, 101-106. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.33.11