Published January 13, 2020 | Version v1
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Human Jaw from the Late Neolithic Pločnik site: A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • 1. BioSense Institute, Novi Sad
  • 2. Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • 3. BioSense Institute, Novi Sad; Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, University of Belgrade


On the Pločnik site in 1978, in Trench VIII A, within an infill with a working title Pit, or Surface ‘West’, a human jaw was found next to pottery and stone findings. During an examination and the temporary move of the depot of the National Museum in Belgrade in 2016, this jaw was ‘re-discovered’ for the second time, together with a hand-written note on the sex and age of the individual, without any data on the person who gave the interpretation. In this paper, we present further analyses and possibilities of interpreting this mandible, as well as the results of bio-archaeological analyses, AMS dating. These newly obtained results, accompanied by the investigations of the indirect archaeological documentation, have provided us with an interpretation of the fieldwork process, as well as the archaeometallurgical aspects, time-frame, and details about this individual member of the Pločnik Late Neolithic community.



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BIRTH – Births, mothers and babies: prehistoric fertility in the Balkans between 10000 – 5000 BC 640557
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