BALEY: New Discoveries

Балей: нови открития

  • Stefan Alexandrov Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of archaeology with museum in Bulgarian academy of sciences, 2 Saborna str, 1000 Sofia
  • Georgi Ivanov Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of archaeology with museum in Bulgarian academy of sciences, 2 Saborna str, 1000 Sofia
  • Tania Hristova Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of archaeology with museum in Bulgarian academy of sciences, 2 Saborna str, 1000 Sofia
Keywords: Baley, Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age

Abstract

The village of Baley, NW Bulgaria, is located on the Timok river, 3 km away from the Danube river. Rumen Katincharov (NAIM-BAS) and Anna Iotsova (RIM-Vidin) excavated a prehistoric settlement with remnants of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age between early 70's and the end of the 80's. In 2009 construction activities in a private property revealed fragments of ceramics. Those were carefully collected and 10 pots and a piece of clay anthropomorphic figurine - the subject of this message - have been restored. The ten vessels and the anthropomorphic statuette are classified into 4 groups depending on their shape and decoration (or lack thereof).

After examining the analogies of ceramics, it can be assumed that the Baley cemetery presents chronologically a long period (covering the development of at least three ceramic styles) of the Late Bronze Age and the transition to the Early Iron Age (from the middle of 2 millennium BC to its end). Findings from these three chronological stages occur in the area of ​​the Iron Gates of the Danube.

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Published
2011-12-15
How to Cite
Alexandrov, S., Ivanov, G. and Hristova, T. (2011) “BALEY: New Discoveries”, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology / Българско е-Списание за Археология, 1(1), pp. 127-136. Available at: http://be-ja.org/index.php/Be-JA/article/view/50 (Accessed: 25March2019).
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