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Pots on mats: mat-impressed salt-extraction pottery at Chalcolithic Provadia-Solnitsata, Bulgaria (2022)


Evidence for both basket weaving and salt production is often elusive in the prehistoric archaeological record. An assemblage of Middle–Late Chalcolithic pottery from Provadia-Solnitsata in Bulgaria provides insight into these two different technologies and the relationship between them. The authors analyse sherds from vessels used in large-scale salt production, the bases of which bear the impression of woven mats. This analysis reveals the possible raw materials used in mat weaving at Provadia-Solnitsata and allows interpretation of the role of these mats in salt production at the site. The results illustrate how it is possible to see the ‘invisible’ material culture of prehistoric south-eastern Europe and its importance for production and consumption.

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Authors & Contributors
Schiffer, Michael B.
Skibo, James M.
Burgassi, Pier Domenico
Gan, Fuxi
Grigorova, Valentina
Jordan, Peter
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
American Antiquity
Business History Review
Current Anthropology
Cambridge University Press
Edizioni ETS
University Press of Colorado
Sidestone Press
World Scientific Publishing Co.
Salt and salt industry
Food and foods
Technology and society
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century
Tuscany (Italy)
Western Clay Manufacturing Compoany (Helena, MT )
Haeger Potteries

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