The paper discusses ten anthropomorphic figurines that were found during the archaeological investigation of a multilayer site near the town of Varbitsa in 2015 (fig.1). They were found in stratigraphic layers associated with phases Karanovo II-III (cat. nos. 1–7) and Кaranovo II (cat. nos. 9–10) and predominantly represent strongly stylized female bodies. This style is characteristic for the entire Early Neolithic Balkan-Anatolian cultural block. An attempt to render some individualization is visible at one of the figurines whose body is made in a dynamic ‘dancing’ pose and the face expresses a strong emotion (figs. 3.4, 4.4). The typological characteristics of these Neolithic figurines link them to the Ovcharovo culture in Northeast Bulgaria and its variant Samovodene in Central North Bulgaria.
The pottery assemblages are among the most important chronological and cultural elements of the archeological cultures in the Late Prehistory and their study provides extremely important information.
This article is aimed at presenting a group of vessels from the Early Chalcolithic settlement near the village of Gradeshnitsa. These vessels are interpreted as storage vessels. Undoubtedly they are among the most interesting and characteristic shapes of the Gradeshintsa site pottery assemblage. The article is focused on the typological differentiation of the vessels within the defined group and the parallels between the ornamentation on the vessels and the ornamentation on the anthropomorphic figurines from the same site.