Глинени масички от неолитното селище до град Върбица, област Шумен

Clay miniature tables from the Neolithic settlement near the town of Varbitsa, Shumen district

  • Svetlana Venelinova Regional History Museum–Shumen, 17 bld. Slavianski, 9700 Shumen
  • Valeri Grigorov Department of Medieval Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia
Keywords: Neolithic, prehistory, clay miniature tables, Ovcharovo culture


This report presents 16 fragments of clay miniature tables found in the Neolithic settlement near the town of Varbitsa. They derive from different stratigraphic levels. Nine fall in the period Karanovo II-III (№1-9), six are found in layers that are associated with Karanovo II (№10-15) and one originates from a stratigraphic level that represents the boundary between Karanovo I and Karanovo II (№16). Only six of the finds have an indication for their shape– five are triangular and one is rectangular. Three examples give some information about the height of the artefacts – between 6,2 and 7,7 cm, while the reconstructed length of the walls is around 15 cm. The clay tables have several techniques and motifs of decoration. The technological, formal and decorational characteristic of the miniature clay tables from Varbitsa are very similar to the multiple finds of the same kind from other Neolithic settlements at the Balkans.


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Venelinova, S. and Grigorov, V. (2017) “Глинени масички от неолитното селище до град Върбица, област Шумен”, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology / Българско е-Списание за Археология, 7(2), pp. 173-197. Available at: https://be-ja.org/index.php/Be-JA/article/view/34 (Accessed: 26January2020).
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