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

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  • Alasdair Whittle
  • Alex Bayliss
  • Alistair Barclay
  • Bisserka Gaydarska
  • Eszter Bánffy
  • Dušan Borić
  • Florin Draşovean
  • János Jakucs
  • Miroslav Marić
  • David Clive Orton
  • Ivana Pantović
  • Wolfram Schier
  • Nenad Tasić
  • Marc Vander Linden


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JournalDocumenta Praehistorica
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Dec 2016
DatePublished (current) - 30 Dec 2016
Number of pages60
Pages (from-to)1-60
Original languageEnglish


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. 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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(c) 2017 Alasdair Whittle, Alex Bayliss, Alistair Barclay, Bisserka Gaydasrka, Eszter Bánffy, Dušan Borić, Florin Draşovean Draşovean, János Jakucs, Miroslav Marić, David Orton, Ivana Pantović, Wolfram Schier, Nenad Tasić, Marc Vander Linden. This is an author-produced version of the published paper. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self-archiving policy. Further copying may not be permitted; contact the publisher for details.

    Research areas

  • Neolithic, Vinča ceramics, Bayesian chronological modelling, radiocarbon dating, network

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