Neolithic pottery at Polgar-10 (Hungary): measuring the habitus

  • John Chapman University of Durham, Department of Archaeology, Durham
Keywords: Neolithic, Hungary, ceramic analyses, disposal, deposition


It is self-evidently true that ceramics form the largest component of the artefact assemblages of the Neolithic and Copper Age of Central and Eastern Europe, yet we are still poorly informed about the final stage of the life of most vessels – their ultimate disposal. In this paper, I wish to consider the ways in which pottery can be studied with respect to disposal and deposition. An assessment of ten different kinds of pottery analysis is made, using site single contexts as the main unit of analysis. I propose that these analyses constitute ways of measuring Bourdieu’s term “habitus”. This contextual analysis is based on examples taken from the Neolithic settlement of Polgar-10, in North East Hungary, excavated by the Upper Tisza Project in 1994.


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ChapmanJ. (2002). Neolithic pottery at Polgar-10 (Hungary): measuring the habitus. Documenta Praehistorica, 29, 127-144.