Title: K otázke plastickej výzdoby na amforách karpatských mohylových kultúr
(The question of plastic decoration on the amphora-form ceramic vessels of the Carpathian Tumulus Grave Cultures)
Author: GODIŠ, Jakub
Source: Studia Historica Nitriensia, 2017, vol. 21, Supplementum, pp. 79-96
Abstract: The paper deals with the question of the occurrence of significant plastic decoration in the form of so-called crow’s foot, on the amphora-shaped ceramic vessels associated with the Carpathian Tumulus Grave cultural complex. This type of decoration can be quite reliably identified within ceramic material from the early phase of the Middle Bronze Age, where various elements of the previous highly-developed culture pottery styles are significantly fading-away. Some researchers associated this peculiar decorative phenomenon exclusively with the Tumulus Grave Culture, but sufficient attention has not yet been given to the detailed analysis, which would confirm these views. The primary objective of the study is to analyse archaeological contexts in which the mentioned plastic ornament occurs and to specify acquaintances with the internal development of the ceramic inventory of the Carpathian Tumulus Grave cultural complex. Earlier reviews of culturally specific nature of this phenomenon are verified from the view of the current state of research. Some observations related to other variations of plastic decorative applications appearing on the amphora-shaped vessels of the Tumulus Grave Culture provenance are outlined in the last section of this paper. The results are confronted with the hypothesis of the gradual spread of cultural elements of the forming Tumulus Grave Culture from the Middle Danube area to the eastern parts of the Carpathian Basin (nowadays central Hungary and the Tisza region) during the early period of the Middle Bronze Age.
Keywords: Middle Bronze Age, Carpathian Basin, Tumulus Grave Culture, Ceramic Vessels, Plastic Ornament;
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Katedra archeológie, Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, Hodžova 1, 949 74 Nitra, Slovenská republika, jakub.godiš@ukf.sk