A Vinča potscape: formal chronological models for the use and development of Vinča ceramics in south-east Europe

  • Alasdair Whittle Cardiff University
  • Alex Bayliss English Heritage
  • Alistair Barclay Wessex Archaeology
  • Bisserka Gaydasrka Cardiff University
  • Eszter Bánffy Römisch-Germanische Kommission
  • Dušan Borić Cardiff University
  • Florin Draşovean Draşovean The National Museum of Banat
  • János Jakucs Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Miroslav Marić The Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • David Orton University of York
  • Ivana Pantović The City Museum of Vršac
  • Wolfram Schier Free University of Berlin
  • Nenad Tasić Belgrade University
  • Marc Vander Linden University College, London
Keywords: Neolithic, Vinča ceramics, Bayesian chronological modelling, radiocarbon dating, network

Abstract

Recent work at Vinča-Belo Brdo has combined a total of more than 200 radiocarbon dates with an array of other information to construct much more precise narratives for the structural history of the site and the cultural materials recovered from it. In this paper, we present the results of a recent attempt to construct formal models for the chronology of the wider Vinča potscape, so that we can place our now detailed understanding of changes at Belo Brdo within their contemporary contexts. We present our methodology for assessing the potential of the existing corpus of more than 600 radiocarbon dates for refining the chronology of the five phases of Vinča ceramics proposed by Milojčić across their spatial ranges, including a total of 490 of them in a series of Bayesian chronological models. Then we outline our main results for the development of Vinča pottery. Finally, we discuss some of the major implications for our understanding of the source, character and tempo of material change.

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Author Biographies

Alasdair Whittle, Cardiff University
Professor; Department of Archaeology and Conservation
Alex Bayliss, English Heritage
Professor
Alistair Barclay, Wessex Archaeology
PhD
Bisserka Gaydasrka, Cardiff University
PhD, Department of Archaeology and Conservation
Eszter Bánffy, Römisch-Germanische Kommission
Professor
Dušan Borić, Cardiff University
PhD, Department of Archaeology and Conservation
Florin Draşovean Draşovean, The National Museum of Banat
PhD
János Jakucs, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
PhD candidate, Institute of Archaeology
Miroslav Marić, The Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
PhD
David Orton, University of York
PhD, BioArCh, Department of Archaeology
Ivana Pantović, The City Museum of Vršac
PhD
Wolfram Schier, Free University of Berlin
Professor, Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology
Nenad Tasić, Belgrade University
Professor, Faculty of Philosophy
Marc Vander Linden, University College, London
PhD, Institute of Archaelogy
Published
2016-12-30
How to Cite
Whittle, A., Bayliss, A., Barclay, A., Gaydasrka, B., Bánffy, E., Borić, D., Draşovean, F. D., Jakucs, J., Marić, M., Orton, D., Pantović, I., Schier, W., Tasić, N., & Vander Linden, M. (2016). A Vinča potscape: formal chronological models for the use and development of Vinča ceramics in south-east Europe. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 1-60. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.1
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Articles