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Interpretation of Neolithic Figurine Art



Early figurine art appeared in the Late Paleolithic. It is a phenomenon repeated often and in distant geo-graphical coordinates. There has always been a frequent tendency of relating figurines to human religious beliefs; however investigating them through a social approach of religiousness is a great challenge.

We do not know whether time-consuming figurine art is an evidence of hidden cultural structures, neither if anybody could have the intelligence and capability to become a modeller.

Neolithic figurines are numerous in South-Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean, but their number decreases suddenly by the end of the period. They present an enormous variety of subjects but the raw materials they are made of do not make them spectacular in comparison to figurines of historical times. Due to the fact that they are often surface finds (hence without any stratigraphical context) they are difficult to be accurately dated or form homogenous entities according to their provenance or typology. For this reason there has not been, up to present, any commonly accepted theoretical and methodological approach of Neolithic figurines.

Introduction| Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3| Contents