Discoidal beads: Novel elements of the Starčevo Early Neolithic package

Adina Boroneant, Monica Mărgărit, Clive Bonsall

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Personal ornaments (beads, pendants, rings and bracelets) made from various raw materials (shell, bone, tooth, stone, ceramic) have been recovered from a relatively small number of Early Neolithic sites in Southeast Europe. This paper reviews the evidence of the beads from Early Neolithic Romania and the neighbouring areas, with one specific bead type (flat disc beads) representing an innovative form that appears to have spread through Southeast and Central Europe as part of the ‘Neolithic package’. We review such finds from Romania and place them within the broader regional context of the Starčevo (in particular) and Early Neolithic (in general) cultural phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigging the Past of Old Europe
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honour of Cristian Schuster at his 60th Anniversary
EditorsValeriu Sîrbu, Alexandra Comșa, Dumitru Hortopan
Place of PublicationTargu Jiu
PublisherEditura Istros a Muzeului Brailei "Carol I"
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9786066543422
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2019


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