Marine shell hoard from the Late Neolithic site of Čepin-Ovčara (Slavonia, Croatia)

  • Boban Tripković Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • Vesna Dimitrijević Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • Dragana Rajković Musseum of Slavonia in Osijek
Keywords: Late Neolithic, Sopot culture, marine shell hoard, Spondylus, Antalis

Abstract

The focus of this paper is the ornament hoard from the Sopot culture site of Čepin-Ovčara in eastern Slavonia (the Republic of Croatia). The hoard contained pendants and beads made of shells of marine clam Spondylus gaederopus and scaphopod Antalis vulgaris. The paper analyses the context and use wear of the objects in the hoard. The results form a basis for: the reconstruction of the role of some of the items and the ways in which they were worn; the premise that the dynamics and mechanisms of acquisition of ornaments made of the two Mediterranean mollusc species could have differed; and the identification of a cross-cultural pattern of deposition of ornament hoards.

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Author Biographies

Boban Tripković, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Department of Archaeology, Assistant Professor
Vesna Dimitrijević, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Department of Archaeology, Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Professor of Archaeology
Published
2016-12-30
Supporting Agencies
Ministery of Education, Science and Tecnological Development of Republic of Serbia
How to Cite
TripkovićB., DimitrijevićV., & RajkovićD. (2016). Marine shell hoard from the Late Neolithic site of Čepin-Ovčara (Slavonia, Croatia). Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 343-362. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.17
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