The Late Copper Age building BII-21B at Tell Yunatsite, south central Bulgaria

Authors

  • Kamen Boyadzhiev National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
  • Yavor Boyadzhiev National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
  • Victoria Haleva Freelance archaeologist
  • Tzvetana Popova National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
  • Juan José García-Granero HUMANE–Human Ecology and Archaeology Research Group, IMF-CSIC, Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona
  • Monika Jovanović HUMANE–Human Ecology and Archaeology Research Group, IMF-CSIC, Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona
  • Nadezhda Karastoyanova National Museum of Natural History & National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
  • Victoria Russeva Institute of Experimental Morphology, Pathology and Anthropology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
  • Orlene McIlfatrick Freelance archaeologist
  • Beatrijs de Groot School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
  • Nikolay Sirakov Freelance archaeologist
  • Ekaterina Mitrinova Freelance archaeologist
  • Petko Panchov Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History
  • Valeri Petrov Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53250/stprae17.133-216

Keywords:

Late Copper Age house, storage practices, pottery styles, residue analysis

Abstract

This paper considers the structure investigated at the largest area (labeled as BII-21B) in the Chalcolithic level BII of Tell Yunatsite, located in the western parts of the Upper Thracian Plain. It collapsed during a sudden fire, which did not affect the neighboring house to the west. The debris sealed a large number of fragmented vessels, plant remains, and even some of the inhabitants. Detailed analysis of the materials found allows for a reconstruction of diet and storage practices, research on vessels’ function and technology, decoration styles, etc. The plant remains are abundant and demonstrate a diverse species composition. The complex is dominated by lentils, barley, and einkorn wheat. Of particular interest is the evidence on purposeful gathering of grapes for producing a drink, perhaps wine. The investigation of the ceramic assemblage shows that it belongs to a developed – but not final – stage of the Late Copper Age in Upper Thrace. It also provides new information about the contact zone between the Karanovo VI and Krivodol cultures in this area.

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Published

2023-12-18

How to Cite

Boyadzhiev, K., Boyadzhiev, Y., Haleva, V., Popova, T., García-Granero, J. J., Jovanović, M., Karastoyanova, N., Russeva, V., McIlfatrick, O., de Groot, B., Sirakov, N., Mitrinova, E., Panchov, P., & Petrov, V. (2023). The Late Copper Age building BII-21B at Tell Yunatsite, south central Bulgaria. Studia Praehistorica, 17, 133–216. https://doi.org/10.53250/stprae17.133-216

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