Abstract

Symmetry: Culture and Science
Volume 28, Number 4, pages 409-419 (2017)
https://doi.org/10.26830/symmetry_2017_4_409

GOLD AND “SILVER-LIKE” (GRAPHITE) GLITTERING DECORATION: SYMMETRY PATTERNS ON CHALCOLITHIC (5th MILL. BC) POTTERY FROM EASTERN BULGARIA

Margarita Popova*, Ruslan I. Kostov**

* Archaeologist (b. Sofia, Bulgaria, 1985)
E-mail: margarita_po@abv.bg

** Mineralogist, geoarchaeologist (b. Sofia, Bulgaria, 1956)
Address: Department of Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” Sofia, 1700, Bulgaria
E-mail: rikostov@yahoo.com

Abstract: Symmetry patterns attributed to some of the G20 (rosettes) or G21 (friezes) symmetry groups are decribed on both gold and “silver-like” (graphite) decorated pottery from the Late Chalcolithic (middle-end of the 5th millennium BC) Varna I Chalcolithic necropolis (Varna culture) and from sites of the Kodžadermen-Gumelniţa-Karanovo VI culture (KGK VI) in Eastern Bulgaria.

Keywords: symmetry, pottery, gold, graphite, Chalcolithic, Bulgaria.