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Title: Interwoven strands for refining the chronology of the Neolithic tell of Vinča-Belo Brdo, Serbia (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Authors: Tasić, Nenad
Marić, Miroslav
Filipović, Dragana
Penezić, Kristina
Dunbar, Elaine
Reimer, Paula J
Barclay, Alistair J
Bayliss, Alex
Gaydarska, Bisserka
Whittle, Alasdair
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Issue Date: 30-Aug-2016
Publisher: University of Arizona
Citation: Tasić N, Marić M, Filipović D, Penezić K, Dunbar E, Reimer PJ, Barclay AJ, Bayliss A, Gaydarska B & Whittle A Interwoven strands for refining the chronology of the Neolithic tell of Vinča-Belo Brdo, Serbia (Forthcoming/Available Online), Radiocarbon.
Abstract: First paragraph: The great tell or settlement mound of Vinča-Belo Brdo sits directly beside the Danube, a little to the south of Belgrade, Serbia. Its eight metres of Late Neolithic deposits span the later sixth to the mid-fifth millennium cal BC, and are underlain by a Starčevo culture occupation of the earlier sixth millennium cal BC (Tasić et al. 2015; in press). The site has given its name to the Vinča culture (or interaction sphere or network; for convenience and familiarity we use the first term here), which extends through the river valleys of the Danube, its tributaries and their catchments, in the northern and central Balkans, from southernmost Hungary and easternmost Croatia through southern Serbia and Kosovo down to northern Macedonia, and from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina eastwards as far as parts of Transylvania in Romania. Belo Brdo, near the centre of this distribution, appears to have emerged relatively early in the Vinča culture sequence and was clearly, as the largest known tell of the complex, a place of considerable and enduring significance. This was a time, after the initial emergence of a Neolithic way of life in the region, of the spread, consolidation and diversification of settlement, involving the formation of large settlements and tells; the emergence of both larger communities and distinctive households within such sites; the intensification of subsistence; and changing materiality and the expansion of material networks (Chapman 1981; 2000; Kaiser and Voytek 1983; Tasić 2009; Tringham and Krstić 1990; Tripković and Milić 2009; Orton 2010). To understand the initiation, formation, duration and ending of Vinča-Belo Brdo is to grasp some of the major features of the development of Neolithic communities in a major swathe of south-east Europe as a whole.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: University of Belgrade
Serbian Academy of Science and Arts (SASA)
Serbian Academy of Science and Arts (SASA)
University of Belgrade
Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Wessex Archaeology
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Cardiff University
Cardiff University

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