Late neolithic pottery from the french sector of the recent excavations (1986-96) at Dikili Tash

Here we present the ‘Abstract‘ of the corresponding paper by Tsirtsoni Zoe .


The prehistoric settlement of Dikili Tash (near Philippi, Kavala prefecture), of which archaeologists have been aware for decades, has recently been the subject of a new Greek-French research programme. The excavations were carried out between 1986 and 1996 and yielded abundant habitation remains of the Late Neolithic period (2nd half of the 6th – 4th millennium). More specifically, habitation layers of the beginning of the Late Neolithic (c. 5000 BC) and, to a lesser extent, of the early part of the end of the Late Neolithic (c. 4500 BC) were uncovered in the French sector (V).A study of the pottery from these layers has produced interesting data about the shape and function of Neolithic wares. Starting with a comparatively small, but important, number of well-preserved assemblages (entire vessels in situ directly associated with architectural structures), sherds were systematically pieced together and research was extended to an investigation of the types of vessels of this period. The proliferating data, together with a comprehensive approach to them based on technological, morphological, and aesthetic criteria, have enabled us to draw conclusions relating to the diagnostic aspect of individual features that will be useful for further research.



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