The Emergence of Metal Use in Greek Eastern Macedonia During the Neolithic Period (Late 6th–5th Millennia BC)

Authors

  • Dimitra Malamidou Ephorate of Antiquities of Serres, Serres, Greece
  • Zoï Tsirtsoni French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), UMR 7041 Archaeologies and Sciences of Antiquity, Nanterre, France
  • Markos Vaxevanopoulos École Normale Supérieure de Lyon; French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); University of Lyon, France

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.6

Keywords:

metalworking, Eastern Macedonia, Greece, Late Neolithic

Abstract

Copper, gold, and silver artefacts, together with evidence of metallurgical activities, have been retrieved from Late Neolithic strata in several settlements in Greek Eastern Macedonia. Recent excavations at Dikili Tash revealed that gold was further used in paints for the decoration of pottery. It appears that the area’s inhabitants had a great familiarity with different metals and the distinct stages of the production-elaboration processes, including those interfering with other chaînes opératoires. Considering also the results from geological research, we propose a reflection on the socio-economic role of metal production and consumption for these societies, in their broader Balkan context.

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Published

14.07.2022

How to Cite

Malamidou, D., Tsirtsoni, Z., & Vaxevanopoulos, M. (2022). The Emergence of Metal Use in Greek Eastern Macedonia During the Neolithic Period (Late 6th–5th Millennia BC). Documenta Praehistorica, 49, 2–21. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.6

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