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Early Neolithic Large Blades from Crno Vrilo (Dalmatia, Croatia): Preliminary Techno-Functional Analysis

Abstract : The excavation of Crno Vrilo site (Zadar, Dalmatia, Croatia), carried out by B. Marijanović, has unearthed the vestiges of an Early Neolithic village dating back to ca. 5800-5600 cal BC. The lithic assemblage, with more than 4000 pieces, represents the biggest Impressed Ware assemblage of littoral Croatia. Lithic production at Crno Vrilo is characterised by the pressure blade flaking on high-quality exogenous cherts (Gargano, southern Italy) reflecting important socioeconomic and technical aspects that are specific to the Neolithic. The presence of some débitage elements such as flakes, debris, cortical and technological pieces indicates that standard pressure flaking occured at the site, while the presence of large blades (with widths exceeding 20 mm) suggests production by lever pressure, a technique that required specialized knowledge and equipment. This article questions whether the lever pressure technique was used in the production of large blades and examines the status of these blades in the Crno Vrilo lithic assemblage by examining their technological and functional aspects.
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Sonja Kačar, Sylvie Philibert. Early Neolithic Large Blades from Crno Vrilo (Dalmatia, Croatia): Preliminary Techno-Functional Analysis. Open Archaeology, De Gruyter, 2022, 8, pp.256 - 272. ⟨10.1515/opar-2022-0232⟩. ⟨hal-03712954⟩



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