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Milk Jugs' and other myths of the copper age of central Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Craig, Gillian Taylor


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Ceramics were subjected to organic residue analysis from two collections: a series of middle Copper Age (Bodrogkeresztúr) vessels hitherto known as 'milk jugs', curated in the Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, Budapest, and a collection of early Baden (Boleráz) vessels from the recently discovered settlement of Gyo"r-Szabadrét-domb, in western Hungary. The aim of the analyses was to establish whether or not these vessels, often associated with milk based on typological criteria, were actually used to process, store or serve dairy products. The results of the analyses revealed that no dairy products could be securely identified in the so-called 'milk jugs'. Nevertheless dairy products were identified in other vessel types. Copyright © 2003 Sage Publications.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Craig OE, Chapman J, Figler A, Patay P, Taylor G, Collins MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Archaeology

Year: 2003

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: 251-265

Print publication date: 01/12/2003

ISSN (print): 1461-9571

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2722

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/146195710300600303


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