Early Eneolithic period, 4500 BC

Eliznik home > East Europe > history > pre-history summary to 700BC > Early Eneolithic period, 4500 BC

User information:

  This map has "hotspots" with pop-up information boxes when you place the mouse over text (note: IE users need Javascript enabled).

 

User information:

This map has "hotspots" with pop-up information boxes when you place the mouse over text.

 

The eneolithic period was the transition from the stone age to the bronze age, also known as the chalcolithic period. Compared to the rest of Europe, the Danube regions and central Balkans progressed earlier from the Neolithic period and had a long eneolithic transition period. During this period the north Balkans may have been the most dynamic region of Europe.

Burial practices changed, particularly in the lower Danube and eastern Bulgaria, to cemeteries outside villages and were accompanied by material objects. From the late 6th millennium copper mining and processing was developing in Europe and there was extensive mining in Serbia and Bulgaria during the 5th millennia. Many Gold objects have been found that were used for ornamentation of body and clothes.

"Musical note Linear pottery", with influences from the cultures to the south started to form the Cucuteni cultures in SE Transylvania and west Moldavia.

The Gumeliţa culture developed smoothly from the Boian culture in the lower Danube region.

The "Linear pottery" derivatives continued in west Hungary and central Europe.

« previous map | next map »

© Eliznik2005, First issue 2002, Last updated Dec-05