The missing things: post-destruction biographies of the ovens and mill installations in two Early Neolithic burnt houses at Slatina–Sofia
Keywords:Early Neolithic, houses, ovens, mill installations, ritual
The Early Neolithic houses in the Central and the Eastern Balkans have relatively unified interior design: a cupola oven, a mill installation and sometimes a mortar, a platform for household activities, grain storages, a clay couch, etc.
This article focuses on the ovens and the mill installation in two large houses of the Slatina–Sofia Early Neolithic settlement, which is dated back to the transition between the 7th and the 6th millennium BC. Some typical features of the burnt remains of these elements of the house interior, such as the missing stone filling at the base of the oven and the oven floor and the missing grinding stones of the mill installations, provide reasons to suggest that after the demolition of the house the remains were used in various rituals due to their symbolic meaning.