CLAY AMULET FROM THE LENGYEL CULTURE SETTLEMENT AT ZARZYCA, LOWER SILESIA
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The author presents a clay artifact discovered at Zarzyca settlement in Lower Silesia and interpreted as an amulet. Together with the pendant, two thin-walled amphorae were found which demonstrated features typical for the older stage of the Lengyel culture (LC)- red and white painting. This artifact, made of clay, was an imitation of ornaments made of Spondylus gaedoropus shells. Those finds occur often in graves of older Danube cultures and are interpreted as imports and, thus, prestige goods, due to their distant provenance. They are usually connected with the LBC and were discovered e.g. in graves. A similar ornament was discovered by a dead buried together with stroke-ornamented pottery in Karsko, west Pomeranian voivodeship. So far neither pendants made of Spondylus shells nor their clay imitations have been discovered in the LC context. Thus, the discussed artifact is the first example of that type not only from Poland but from whole LC area.
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