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Spiraling like a Boss: exploring elements of Bronze Age ceramic style at the micro-regional level

Author(s): Robert Barlow ; Hajnal Szász ; Györgyi Parditka ; Paul R. Duffy

Year: 2017

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Fortified tell site excavations in the 20th century formed the basis for construction of a Bronze Age chronology in the Carpathian Basin. Typological and stylistic elements observed on these sites were used to create archaeological cultures for large areas, whose distributions changed over time. However, the use of large archaeological groups obviously masks internal regional variation, both chronologically and stylistically. Different river-valleys, as micro-regions, may have formed the basis for regular interaction, community activities and social practices, and thus may have left distinctive material culture. In this poster we compare stylistic elements of four different micro-regional areas in Eastern Hungary during two Bronze Age cultural phases. We evaluate the possibility that the large culture area names "Ottomány" and "Gyulavarsánd" mask internal variation recognizable among the surface collection material for 17 sites in the Lower Körös Basin. By considering other settlement types as well, we also investigate whether fortified tell sites provide a representative picture of regional ceramic manufacturing practices.

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Spiraling like a Boss: exploring elements of Bronze Age ceramic style at the micro-regional level. Robert Barlow, Hajnal Szász, Györgyi Parditka, Paul R. Duffy. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431991)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16151

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America