Enigmatic artefacts from the Chalcolithic tell Petko Karavelovo (Veliko Tarnovo district)


  • Maria Gurova Prehistory Department, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia
  • Alexander Chohadzhiev Regional Museum of History – Veliko Tarnovo, 6 Nikola Pikolo str., 5000 Veliko Tarnovo


Chalcolithic, enigmatic fashioned artefacts, technological traces, intense polish


The Chalcolithic Tell Petko Karavelovo reveals a cultural sequence from the Early to the Late Chalcolithic. Apart from evidence of complex building architecture, the tell has produced a rich repertoire of finds of various materials (clay, bone, antler, flint, shell, stone), as well as palaeobotanical and zooarchaeological remains and a series of new 14C dates. This report presents some of the more intriguing recently discovered finds – 3 delicately fashioned objects of bone (though antler is not excluded). These objects are exceptional, with only one known parallel at a site in northwest Bulgaria. It is hoped that publication of these enigmatic items will lead to the recognition of similar artefacts from other contexts and a better understanding of their function and significance.


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How to Cite

Gurova, M. and Chohadzhiev, A. (2019) “Enigmatic artefacts from the Chalcolithic tell Petko Karavelovo (Veliko Tarnovo district)”, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology | Българско е-Списание за Археология, 9(1), pp. 119–129. Available at: https://be-ja.org/index.php/journal/article/view/be-ja-9-1-2019-119-129 (Accessed: 19 June 2024).