Late Bronze Age Pottery from the Site of Vratitsa, Eastern Bulgaria: Definition, Chronology and its Aegean affinities.
by Rositsa Hristova
(18 March 2011)
The vessels from Vratitsa were produced in two techniques: hand-made and on a quick potter’s wheel. The latter are considered to be imports because of the nature of the Thracian LBA ceramic production. Nevertheless, certain features, such as contents of the paste, additional coating, etc., suggest that some of the vessels might have been locally produced. This, however, cannot be proved without appropriate analyses and will be the subject of a future publication. For that reason the analysis below confines only to hand-made vessel fragments.
by Stefan Alexandrov
(4 May 2009)
During the rescue excavations of a tumulus close to the village Ovchartsi, southeastern Bulgaria, a burial of ca. 65-year old woman with rich golden and bronze grave goods and a unique wheel-made vessel of unusual shape and painted decoration was discovered. The tumulus lies in the so-called Maritsa Iztok (Eastern Maritsa) region (Fig. 1). This region is one of the most intensively researched areas in Bulgaria, due to numerous archaeological rescue excavations, necessitated by the fact that whole stretches of landscape and archaeological monuments have been systematically destroyed since the 1960s by open charcoal mines.