Article

The end of the affair: formal chronological modelling for the top of the Neolithic tell of Vinča-Belo Brdo

Citation

Tasić N, Marić M, Penezić K, Filipović D, Borojević K, Russell N, Reimer PJ, Barclay AJ, Bayliss A, Borić D, Gaydarska B & Whittle A (2015) The end of the affair: formal chronological modelling for the top of the Neolithic tell of Vinča-Belo Brdo. Antiquity, 89 (347), pp. 1064-1082. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.101

Abstract
Bayesian statistical frameworks have been used to calculate explicit, quantified estimates for site chronologies, and have been especially useful for resolving the complex probability distributions of calibrated radiocarbon dates to the level of individual prehistoric lifetimes and generations. Here the technique is applied to the Neolithic tell of Vinča-Belo Brdo in order to answer long-standing questions about the timing and circumstances of its demise. Modelled date estimates place the end of the site in the second half of the forty-sixth century cal BC. Two successive horizons of closely spaced houses each suffered extensive burning; the interval between them was placed at a maximum of 25 years, with the last house probably used for less than 15 years. The evidence suggests that these house burnings were deliberate, and opens new considerations for the causes of the end of the tell-based system in south-east Europe.

Keywords
Vinča-Belo Brdo; Neolithic; radiocarbon dating; Bayesian modelling; house burning

Journal
Antiquity: Volume 89, Issue 347

StatusPublished
Publication date31/10/2015
Publication date online09/10/2015
Date accepted by journal15/12/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/23521
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0003-598X