Stone raw materials in the Vinča culture: Petrographic analysis of assemblage from Vinča and Belovode

Dragana Antonovic, Kristina Resimic-Saric, Vladica Cvetkovic
2005 Starinar  
This paper shows the results of petrographic analyses of raw materials used for making the ground stone industry implements in two Vin~a culture sites: Vin~a and Belovode. The assemblages from the aforementioned sites feature a number of specific characteristics. In Vin~a, in late strata, a kind of devaluation in the selection of stone raw materials is registered, which is closely related to the decline in quality of stone processing and may be a consequence of territorial narrowing of the
more » ... rrowing of the Vin~a culture per se in its later phases, and of introduction of metallurgy in everyday life. For this reason an analogy with the Belovode site was made, which subsists only throughout the early phase of the Vin~a culture and is doubtlessly a metallurgic settlement. Petrographic analyses of the raw materials from which ground stone tools used to be made at the Vin~a and Belovode sites are only a part of the commenced petro-archaeological research. They imply that further investigations should focuse on field work, principally in the vicinity of the sites themselves. Primarily by petrographic, and, as applicable, by other analyses of samples brought from the field work, and by comparison of the tools, it could be possible to define more precisely the territory from which the raw materials originated.
doi:10.2298/sta0555053a fatcat:ikbtehcrnnbvxga72k6qvgvy6u