|In the late Neolithic a number of cultures broke off and developed individual traditions, patterns, and perhaps language. Because development was rapid once the bronze age began and population densities allowed specialization there wasn't time for cultures to amalgomate. Thus, you got many small cultural areas. How much commerce and communication took place between the cultures is unknown at the moment. The discoveries of new sites constantly rewrites what we know of the Neolithic Age. Each time a village in unearthed there is debate about where it should be placed in the family tree of Neolithic cultures.
The pot above and on the following pages are a mixed collection from this late Neolithic period and are not attributed to any one of the above cultures but treated as a group by the museum.
Last update: September 2013
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