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Stroke-ornamented ware culture in Czech Republic


The Stroke-ornamented ware, Stroked Pottery culture, Danubian Ib culture of V. Gordon Childe, or Middle Danubian culture is the successor of the Linear Pottery culture, a major archaeological horizon of the European Neolithic in Central Europe. The STK flourishes during approximately 4600-4400 BC. Centered on Silesia in Poland, eastern Germany and the northern Czech Republic, it overlaps with the Lengyel horizon to the south, and the Rössen culture to the west.


 Much of the Musical Note pottery features incised zig-zag bands going around the pot, with punctures at the line segment junctions. The STK abandons incision in favor bands of small punctures, also in zig-zag patterns, with a vertical band dividing each angle. The effect is a band pattern of contiguous A-frames.

Bylany site

Where the Musical Note pottery expanded east over the Bug River, the STK moved down the Vistula and Elbe. Also, the STK people preferenced a  cremation rather than a inhumation - the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave . The preceding early LBK had used both methods of a burial.

neolitic house

In the younger phase of this culture, special circular structures find so far, the so-called roundels. The roundels was probably  a sociocultural compounds.


          Rondels near Kolín

 Settlements with  the Stroke -ornamented ware culture:
Příšovice u Turnova
Bylany: Neolithic settlement Bylany
Březno near Louny
Plotiště nad Labem
Předměřice nad Labem