Imprints of the Neolithic mind – clay stamps from the Republic of Macedonia


  • Goce Naumov Institute for History of Art and Archaeology, University of Skopje



Southeast Europe, Anatolia, Neolithic, stamp-seals, symbols, ethnographic implications


The presence and unusual structure of clay stamps found in Neolithic settlements often give rise to multiple interpretations to define their character. The small dimensions and specific shape of the stamps suggests that these portable objects were important in the social relations and visual communication between members within the same community and, possibly, more distant communities. The definite patterns distinguishe their function in maintaining the visual traditions of the populations inhabiting southeastern Europe. They had an important role in building the Neolithic image modularity, so that they fitted into the comprehensive decorative structure of Neolithic iconography, and the patterns present on the stamps are related to several aspects of Neolithic material culture from the Balkans and Anatolia. This homogeneity of patterns indicates that they were actively included in the transposition of cognition into visual metaphors.


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31. 12. 2008




How to Cite

Naumov, G. (2008). Imprints of the Neolithic mind – clay stamps from the Republic of Macedonia. Documenta Praehistorica, 35, 185-204.