lunes, 10 de octubre de 2016

Archaeologists Discover 6,500-Year-Old Flint Workshop in Bulgaria’s Kamenovo Employed Manufactory Production


1/3. A set of 23 splits (each of them over 20 cm in length) from a single flint core prepared to be made into knives is one of the most interesting finds from the September 2016 excavation. Photo: Razgrad Regional Museum of History.

The 6,500-year-old Chalcolithic (Aeneolithic, Copper Age) workshop discovered last year in the town of Kamenovo in Northeast Bulgaria made its products employing a manufactory process in which different production phases were carried out by different people, the archaeologists excavating the site have concluded.

This conclusion is based on the second stage of the 2016 archaeological excavations of what seems to have been a prehistoric flint tool factory in Bulgaria‘s Kamenovo, Kubrat Municipality, Razgrad District, which took place on September 15-28, 2016, the Razgrad Regional Museum of History has announced.

During the first stage of the digs, in June 2016, the archaeological team of Assoc. Prof. Yavor Boyadzhiev from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia and Dimitar Chernakov from the Ruse Regional Museum of History, and Dilen Dilov from the Razgrad Regional Museum of History as the deputy head of the expedition, discovered the 6,500-year-old grave of a man holding in his hands a stone ax scepter.

3/3. A clay figurine depicting a female torso with open arms has been the second find of its type since the Chalcolithic site in Kamenovo was discovered in the spring of 2015. Photo: Razgrad Regional Museum of History.

The results from the September 2016 excavations of the Kamenovo flint tool workshop have confirmed the archaeologists’ earlier hypothesis: that the prehistoric venue employed manufactory production not unlike modern-day industrial manufacturing in that each Chalcolithic flint tool was not produced by a single craftsman but the specific production tasks for each individual tool were distributed among different workers with specific roles. [...] Archaeology in Bulgaria


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