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EARLY SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS FOR COMMUNICATION
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Painted Ornamentation on Vessels as a Communication System between Generations (Based on Evidence from Tell Kazanlak Early and Middle Neolithic layers)

Vassil Nikolov
Archaeological Institute and Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria
vnikolov@cit.bg
& Dessislava Karastoyanova
Museum of History, Kazanluk, Bulgaria

White-painted vessels have been found in the lower nine horizons from the seventeen horizons at Tell Kazanlak; they belong to the Thracian Early (XVII-XI) and Middle (XI-IX) Neolithic. During its period of reproduction - 450-500 years or 27-30 generations - white-painted ornamentation has been laid on according a strictly defined ornamental design, which comprises several main types of local compositions (ornamentation under the mouth rim, central composition, ornamentation of the pedestal), and form more than a dozen types of ornamental compositions. This suggests a necessity of purposeful training of the artists, who have been members of the local communities.

Furthermore, it has to be emphasized that white-painted ornamentation is a manifestation of the religio-mythological system, and this is one more clue that it has been an important part of the communication system between the generations.
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Editor: Lolita Nikolova
All rights reserved. Published: 12/21/02
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