No. XXIII (1992)

Chronological Relations of Late Eneolithic of the Central and Eastern Balkans

Borislav Jovanović
Institute for Archaeology, Belgrade

Published 01.12.1992


  • Chalcolithic (Eneolithic),
  • Central Balkans,
  • Eastern Balkans,
  • Cotofeni cultures,
  • prehistory

How to Cite

Jovanović, B. (1992). Chronological Relations of Late Eneolithic of the Central and Eastern Balkans. Balcanica - Annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, (XXIII), 243–253. Retrieved from


Macro-typological analyses (comparison of cultures and cultural complexes) have given clear and increasingly accurate chronological scales; however, the interesting phenomena of the populational clannishness of the Aeneolithic cultures was not manifest. Through a methodological research of the closed entireties, especially if comprised of dif ferent cultures (micro-typological analysis), is as equally justifiable as a method for estab lishing the chronology of the given cultures. The chronological value of the stratigraphy of the Glavcovska mound lies primarily in the relationship between the steppe burial rite and the local Cotofeni culture: the steppe pit-grave culture and subsequent Cotofeni cultures ex isted parallel in Transylvania, Oltenia and northwestern Bulgaria. The chronologically com plex composition of the necropolis in Trnava reflects the heterogeneous populational com position in the central and eastern Balkans in the Late Aeneolithic, as well as the chronological order of the use of individual categories of the material culture for cult purposes.


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