Decorated clay weights from the Gumelniţa area Cover Image

“Greutăţi” decorate din aria Gumelniţa
Decorated clay weights from the Gumelniţa area

Author(s): Silvia Marinescu-Bîlcu
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Editura Renaissance
Keywords: clay weights; incised/grooved anthropomorphic reprezentations; „depositions”; archaeological contexts; Gumelniţa culture; Eneolithic; Romania

Summary/Abstract: The author deals with several incised or grooved anthropomorphic representations on clay weights from the sites at Calomfireşti, Căscioarele, Gumelniţa, Vităneşti, Bucşani and Karanaovo (Gumelniţa area). She pays attention not only to the weights with incised human silhouettes, but also to the weights decorated either with the „sexual triangle”, or with simple drawings which might be related with the human body. The archaeological contexts where the weights were found are presented, with special reference to the houses at Căscioarele-Ostrovel – namely house 4/1962, house 8/1963 and house 1/1964, as well as house 2/2003 at Sultana and another one at Vităneşti (2007). Taking into account the richness and variety of the house inventories, its spatial distribution in the above mentioned contexts, etc., the author suggests that these inventories are deliberate „depositions” and not abandoned material at the time when the houses were left.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 87-103
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Romanian