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Workshop Oxford 2021

Reading the patterns:

Reading the patterns: exploring Balkan painted pottery within Neolithic context (7th– mid 6th mill BC). University of Oxford, United Kingdom

EAA Conference session Kiel 2021

Worth the effort:

Worth the effort: evidence of prehistoric cross-craft interactions, 6-11 September 2021, Kiel, Germany


EAA session Budapest 2020

Over the hills and far away:

Over the hills and far away: connectivity within and across mountainous regions in the Balkan Early Neolithic, 26-30 August 2020, Budapest, Hungary


To attend the EAA conference sessions please refer to the links above. Please note that the workshop ‘Reading the patterns’ is free and online but registration is required. To register, please send an email to: tanya.dzhanfezova@arch.ox.ac.uk by 20/05/2021. To download the program please click here

Reading the patterns: exploring Balkan painted pottery within Neolithic context (7th-mid 6th mill BC)

This workshop aims to stimulate a discussion on the study of early ceramics in Neolithic context – as representing either incipient technologies or a result of transferred knowledge and skills. Painted wares will be examined in the context of various technical/technological developments and social interactions within and between the Neolithic communities, including exchange models and dispersal trajectories.

Cultural dynamics that took place in the Central/Northern Balkan regions were closely related to processes that have developed in earlier settlements located in the southern part of the Peninsula and, indeed, in Anatolia.  All above-mentioned regions thus shape the actual integral research framework.

Being amongst the hallmarks of the Early Neolithic period at many Balkan sites, the white-painted wares from various locations will be examined with regard to: a) similar but earlier decorations and b) contemporaneous but different wares located beyond the Balkan areas; as well as c) synchronous painted pottery from neighbouring regions within the Balkans, d) such, showing other decorative techniques, and e) undecorated wares – bearing in mind the specifics of local chronologies.

Timely discussions will stimulate a multi-level complex approach inclusive of various social aspects and spatial directionalities – such that is adequate to intricate large-scale dynamic processes like Neolithization. Pottery, also as a proxy for successive local developments, newly triggered impulses and further transformations, will thus be comprehensively considered in Neolithic context.