Monday, December 16, 2013

Monograph on The stone industry from the neolithic site of Rug Bair - Republic of Macedonia

On May 16, 2013, I published my second book, the monograph on ‘The stone industry from the neolithic site of Rug Bair - Republic of Macedonia’. The event was organized by HAEMUS - center for scientific research and promotion of culture. The book is published under Creative Common licence and is available online.

This book covers the unpublished stone artifacts from 1970s, taken from a trench from the excavation at Rug Bair, today housed at the Museum and Institute for protection of Stip, Macedonia. Through the stone material, an attempt was made at offering a more comprehensive picture of the raw material, the technical and typological characteristics of the Neolithic stone industry at this site, as well as its relationship with other related simultaneous industries.

All stone artifacts from the site at Rug Bair, village of Gorobinci (Sveti Nikole), were divided into three main groups: chipped, ground and grind/abrasive stone tools. The analysis of the material is reduced to petrographic and technological-typological analysis and definition of basic categories and types of tools, based solely on the morphological characteristics of artifacts. The results of the technological and typological analysis and analogy with other stone industries in the Neolithic cultures of the southeastern Balkans, contribute to a further clarification, in a regional context, of certain processes that occurred in the Neolithic period in the territory of the Republic of Macedonia and the Balkans.

The small number of artifacts from the Neolithic stone assemblages from the Republic of Macedonia is due, above all, to the lack of knowledge about the lithic materials, the absence of sieving and flotation, as well as the personal choice of the researchers as to which type of findings is to be kept for the assemblage. Stone tools have not been yet analyzed in detail in Macedonian neolithic archaeology, and are still identified only by production of pottery.

This book is an attempt by a methodological way, to sublimate in one place all aspects of the stone industry which will contribute and enable to further studies about this topic in the Republic of Macedonia."

Key words: Neolihic, Rug Bair, Amzabegovo-vrshnik, Macedonia, row materials, chipped, ground, abrassive, stone tools, Vasilka Dimitrovska.

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