Cetina Project

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
C.N.R., Roma
Università la Sapienza

This project aims at addressing some aspects of the so-called Cetina phenomenon that have not been investigated yet. The Cetina culture arose in Dalmatia in the mid-3rd millennium BC. It is mainly known for its burials consisting in inhumations or incinerations under stone barrows that are often grouped together to form clusters. Distinctive Cetina ceramics are bowls with thickened rims and beakers decorated with geometric incised and impressed patterns. During the second half of the 3rd millennium BC pottery strongly characterised by Cetina features spread across the central Mediterranean and this is widely considered to be evidence of a vast network of interconnections reflecting the movement of small human groups. In particular, Cetina-like ceramics have been found at a number of Early Bronze Age sites in the Peloponnese.

However, aside from a stylistic comparison, nothing has been done to explain differences and similarities between these ceramics from a technological point of view. Given the huge differences in pottery traditions from Dalmatia and the Peloponnese in the Early Bronze Age, this matter is of particular interest. Analysed sherds come from clusters of tumuli in Dalmatia and from the Peloponnese.


Characterising Cetina Pottery Technology Comparing Pottery Making Recipes in the Late 3rd Millennium BC Central Mediterranean M. Gori, S. Amicone, E. Podrug, J. Rambach, G. Recchia, H. Tomas, I. Šuta. EMAC, Barcelona 16-18.9.2019