5.                                    ADORNMENTS FOUND IN LAKE TOWN
 
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One's confusion at the sight of all those scattered piles of stone is gone as soon as one looks at the articles the ancient people used in their everyday life. Walking past each other along the oldest street were people of whose dignity and sense of beauty we can judge by the ornaments they left behind. The necklaces and bead strings betray a mature aesthetic taste.

Community life is integral - it is a system, all at once aesthetic, moral, intellectual, pragmatic, religious, institutional, hierarchical and so on. The relationship between the individual subsystems is of a statistical character.

The King's crown alone would allow us to form an idea, with close approximation, of the most likely profile, state and characteristics, of his kingdom. Every modern firm in straightened circumstances would rely on this sort of thing when deciding to renovate its office. The inhabitants of Lake Town certainly did not choose the items to be found by us - the people to live 7 500 years later. Anything found at the site should be conceived as a reliable indicator of the level of their society.

Our guide around Lake Town, Todor Dimov, gives the details:

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Necklace of gold and chalcedonic beads from tomb No 211 of the necropolis at Durankulak (the second half of the 5th millennium B.C.) - Late Neolithic-chalcolithic Age, Varna culture.

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Strings of gold and malachite beads from the necropolis at Durankulak (the middle of the 5th millennium B.C.) - Varna culture 

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Anthropomorphic amulet, tomb No 694 of the necropolis at Durankulak (the middle of the 5th millennium B.C.) - Varna culture.

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Spiral of gold wire (probably a head ornament), tomb No 165 of the necropolis at Durankulak (the middle of the 5th millennium B.C.) - Varna culture.

 

On comparing these adornments with the garments, pottery, cult objects, hand tools, etc. of that period, we realize this must be a culture of its own specific style -  the culture of Hamangia, the culture of Varna. 

In order to have a universal perception of "beauty", consistently maintained in all their various activities, the inhabitants of Lake Town must have led an intensive, well-structured social life.

Last update made on 30-10-2007


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