International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2021 (Vols. 1-59)
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'Link T, 2015: New ideas in old villages. Interpreting the genesis of the Stroked Pottery Culture. Anthropologie (Brno) 53, 3: 351-362'.
The transition from the Linear Pottery Culture (LPC) to the Stroke Pottery Culture (SPC) seems to be a profound disruption. However, this is not accompanied by discontinuity in settlement structures. The settlement of Dresden-Prohlis shows that continuity may be supposed even on household level. Also most attributes of the novel pottery decoration style are already present during the younger phase of the LPC. Nevertheless, the ornamental spectrum dramatically decreases, which is why the genesis of the SPC must first and foremost be understood as a process of stylistic canonisation. Several culture-historical questions arise: Where does the SPC evolve? How do the innovations spread? Does stylistic change correlate with economic or social change? The abandonment of the "traditional" style may be interpreted as symbolic expression of a new cultural identity. This, however, does not imply a profound socio-cultural break, but rather reflects an ideological reorientation within the persistent social and economic framework. As an explanation for the rapid spread of the SPC a "polyfocal" model is suggested, which supposes parallel synchronous evolution in separate but interacting regions. Finally, from an eastern perspective, the often-cited "crisis at the end of the LPC" has to be relativised and regionally differentiated.
Neolithic – Linear Pottery Culture – Stroked Pottery Culture – Cultural identity – Cultural continuity

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