Investigating ceramic differences during the early Neolithic in the south-eastern of Albania: the settlements of Podgori and Pogradec

Edlira Andoni


The underwater research and test excavations carried out on the western side of the Lake Ohrid introduce new evidence of prehistoric settlements from Neolithic to late Bronze Age. The new data and the pottery assemblage obtained from the test excavations in Pogradec suggest its occupation during the late phase of the Neolithisation process. The calibrated dates from Pogradec (southern coast of Lake Ohrid) and Podgori (Korça basin) provide the approximate rating, showing that these two sites are almost contemporary. On the other hand, the study of ceramics does not support the apparent similarities. This paper attempts to revise the chronological sequence of these settlements throughout the Neolithisation process, by reviewing the pottery main characteristics.

Keywords: early Neolithic, southeast Albania, Pogradec ceramic, Podgori ceramic, chronology, cultural groups.

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