Late Bronze Age Food Storage in Lower Cerovačka Cave, Croatia

The Archaeobotanical Evidence


  • Kelly Reed Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture, United Kingdom
  • Petra Radaković Primary School Ludbreg, Croatia
  • Sara Essert University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Division of Botany, Croatia
  • Dinko Tresić Pavičić Kaducej d.o.o., Split, Croatia



crop processing, carbonized chaff and grain, south-east Europe, cave storage


This paper presents new archaeobotanical data from the Lower Cerovačka Cave located in Dalmatia, Croatia. At the site a high density of carbonized plant remains was recovered, indicating the remnants of a burnt crop store dating to the Late Bronze Age. Overall, the assemblage is dominated by lentil (Lens culinaris) and free-threshing wheat (Triticum aestivum/durum), and to a lesser extent, emmer (Triticum dicoccum), einkorn (Triticum monococcum), spelt (Triticum spelta) and broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum). In general, the large botanical collection from Lower Cerovačka Cave fits with what is already known about Bronze Age agriculture in Croatia, yet the unique nature of this site brings to the fore questions around storage practices and the use of caves in prehistory.


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23. 12. 2022




How to Cite

Reed, K., Radaković, P., Essert, S., & Tresić Pavičić, D. (2022). Late Bronze Age Food Storage in Lower Cerovačka Cave, Croatia: The Archaeobotanical Evidence. Documenta Praehistorica, 49, 68-82.