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Video: Catherine Commenge – Some Evidence from Tumba Madzhari, Republic of Macedonia


Catherine Commenge (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – CNRS, Paris)
Technical Systems and the Social Dynamics of the Transmission of the “Neolithic package” in the Southwestern Balkans: Some Evidence from Tumba Madzhari, Republic of Macedonia

Technical studies that consider technical choices and the “know-how” behind technical processes, closely dependent on the identity of their makers and on their sources of tradition in manufacturing, are a fruitful field for appreciating processes of cultural transmission and spatiotemporal dynamics.

The very genesis of those technical systems has to be examined in so far as processes have already been developed and well honed in the Near East. The pottery assemblage recovered from recent investigation at Tumba Madzhari gives some clues as to the transmission of multiple manufacturing techniques from the Near East in that it documents the modalities of a binary conceptual system of production. Moreover, some evidence on ‘hybridization’ of the manufacturing techniques of effigy vessels (majki) could provide insights into the debriefing of their symbolic roles in the social cohesion of pioneer farmer societies in Macedonia.

The presentation was preformed within the
Settlements, Culture and Population Dynamics in Balkan Prehistory
International conference organized by HAEMUS

13-14 March 2015, EU Infocentre
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Under the UNESCO’ policies of the
Open Educational Resources in the Republic of Macedonia



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