Prehistoric Stone Disks from Entrances and Cemeteries of North-Eastern Adriatic Hillforts

Authors

  • Federico Bernardini Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
  • Giacomo Vinci University of Trieste; The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
  • Vanja Macovaz University of Florence, Italy
  • Andrea Baucon Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
  • Angelo De Min University of Trieste, Italy
  • Stefano Furlani University of Trieste, Italy
  • Snežana Smolić Public Institution Brijuni National Park, Croatia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.7

Keywords:

north-eastern Adriatic, hillforts, stone disks, cup-marks, SfM photogrammetry, Bronze Age religion

Abstract

The paper presents a group of four, approximately 0.5m large, stone disks from entrances or cemeteries of two protohistoric hillforts of north-eastern Adriatic. The disks, having a sparse chronology with the exception of one dated to the Middle Bronze Age, show flat and plain surfaces or covered with sub-circular depressions. One disk shows two larger cup-marks at the centre of both faces. They are interpreted as ritual artefacts based on the association with sacred settlement locations and comparisons with similar coeval stones found mainly close to citadel entrances, burials and thresholds in the Aegean area and Anatolia.

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Published

14.07.2022

How to Cite

Bernardini, F., Vinci, G., Macovaz, V., Baucon, A., De Min, A., Furlani, S., & Smolić, S. (2022). Prehistoric Stone Disks from Entrances and Cemeteries of North-Eastern Adriatic Hillforts. Documenta Praehistorica, 49, 2–19. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.7

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