Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA)
Second Committee Member
Social sciences; Balkans; Chalcolithic cultural collapse in south-east Europe
Research into the Balkan Chalcolithic often overlooks the dramatic changes in society that occurred beginning in the late Fifth Millennium BCE. Most settlements were abandoned along with changes in mortuary customs, ceramic and decorative traditions, domestic rituals, crafts, housing styles, mining, and metallurgy. These changes happened at a time when these Chalcolithic societies seemed to be at their peak. Theories as to what caused these changes include migrations/invasions, anthropogenic environmental degradation, gradual internal changes through innovation and outside contacts, and climate change. This thesis attempts to synthesize, and critique material relating to this topic, and ultimately provide my own opinions and suggestions for further research.
Smith, Harvey Benjamin, "Re-examining Late Chalcolithic Cultural Collapse in South-East Europe" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 589.