Beginnings of the Neolithic in Southeast Europe: the Early Neolithic sequence and absolute dates from Džuljunica-Smărdeš (Bulgaria)

  • Raiko Krauß Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Nedko Elenski Regional Museum of History, Veliko Tarnovo
  • Bernhard Weninger Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität zu Köln
  • Lee Clare German Archaeological Institute, Orient Department, Berlin
  • Canan Çakırlar Groningen Institute of Archaeology, Groningen
  • Petăr Zidarov New Bulgarian University, Sofia
Keywords: Neolithisation, Bulgaria, painted pottery, ‘Rapid Climate Change’

Abstract

 Investigations of a balk in the centre of the prehistoric settlement of Džuljunica-Smărdeš  comprised a sequence of archaeological deposits from the very onset of Neolithisation in South-eastern Europe throughout the end of the Early Neolithic. The arrival of Neolithic lifeways in the region coincides with the end of a period for which palaeoclimate proxies attest to considerable climate fluctuation. In connection with these investigations, the zoological finds were examined, which provide insight into the economy of this key settlement for the entire Balkan region.

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Published
2014-12-30
How to Cite
Krauß, R., Elenski, N., Weninger, B., Clare, L., Çakırlar, C., & Zidarov, P. (2014). Beginnings of the Neolithic in Southeast Europe: the Early Neolithic sequence and absolute dates from Džuljunica-Smărdeš (Bulgaria). Documenta Praehistorica, 41, 51-77. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.41.3
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