Boban Tripkovic

Marine Goods in European Prehistory: A New Shell in Old Collection

1 Ianuarie 2006

Cuvinte cheie:
Late Neolithic
marine shell collection



The exchange of marine goods in the interior of the European continent is traditionally equated with the exchange of Spondylus shell items. In this long-lasting exchange network, significant role of any other mollusks has not been identified so far. Contrary to this evidence, in the Neolithic settlements of the Aegean and the Adriatic regions, where, it is believed, Spondylus had been imported from, many other shells were used for manufacturing adornment. Is it possible that shell diversity in the Balkan coastal area is somehow reflected on the interior of the continent? In this paper, credibility of this question is assessed through a study of shell-made items from the side of Vinca in the vicinity of Belgrade, Serbia.