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    STUDIA HISTORIA - Issue no. 1 / 2014  
         
  Article:   DRINKING WITH THE GODS? THE PROBLEM OF BRONZE AGE POT DEPOSITS IN TRANSYLVANIA.

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  Abstract:  For prehistory there is no general consent regarding the role of alcoholic beverages in ritual practices. There are some studies concerning this subject and a series of debates revolving around Bronze Age pottery depositions. Although there is no catalogue of the pottery depositions from Romania, such finds were mentioned in some contributions dealing with general aspects of Bronze Age ritual practices. Recently published monographs of Bronze Age settlements also incorporate discussions regarding this type of finds. In this paper I will present a series of discoveries that can be related with the title that I have chosen. In my opinion a pot deposit represents an intentional and irreversible deposition of one or several complete or restorable vessels, mainly for drinking, in various contexts which do not represent a funerary inventory or have other ritual meaning (like the ones from a sanctuary, or belonging to a metal hoard) or a proved domestic use (fountains or the pottery inventory of a house etc.).

Key words: Bronze Age, Transylvania, pot deposits, ritual, libation

 
         
     
         
         
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