New perspectives on the Varna cemetery (Bulgaria)--AMS dates and social implications.
The research team of this new project has begun the precision radiocarbon dating of the superimportant Copper Age cemetery at Varna. These first dates show the cemetery in use from 4560-4450 BC, with the possibility that the richer burials are earlier and the poor burials later in the sequence. The limited number of lavish graves at Varna, representing no more than a handful of paramount chiefs, buried over 50-60 years, suggests a stabilisation of the new social structure by the early part of the Late Copper Age.
Keywords: Copper Age, Eneolithic, Bulgaria, Varna, mortuary practice
The Varna cemetery was discovered by accident in 1972 in the Black Sea coastal city of the same name. An area of 7500 [m.sup.2] yielded 294 graves (Figure 1) dating to the Eneolithic (Copper Age) period. What marked the site as truly significant for world prehistory prehistory, period of human evolution before writing was invented and records kept. The term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851. It is followed by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to was the large accumulation of gold objects recovered. Over 3000 objects of a wide range of design and weighing more than 6kg were excavated. The excavator ex·ca·va·tor
An instrument, such as a sharp spoon or curette, used in scraping out pathological tissue.
excavator (eks´k of the site, Ivan Ivanov Ivan Ivanov Ivanov (Bulgarian: Иван Иванов Иванов, born August 27, 1971 in Shumen) was an Olympic weightlifter for Bulgaria. (1975) claimed the material dated to the fifth millennium BC, and was therefore the earliest evidence for goldwork goldwork, ornaments, jewelry, and vessels created from gold. Such works have figured in almost every stage of civilization as symbols of wealth and power. The Ancient World
The earliest-known fine goldwork is from Ur in Mesopotamia. Dating from c. in the world (Ivanov 1975). In addition to the goldwork, the grave goods In archaeology and anthropology grave goods are the items buried along with the body.
They are usually personal possessions, supplies to smooth the deceased's journey into the afterlife or offerings to the gods. Grave goods are a type of votive deposit. included 160 copper objects, more than 230 flint artefacts, about 90 stone objects, and more than 650 clay products, as well as over 12 000 Dentalium shells and about 1100 imported Spondylus shell ornaments (bracelets, necklaces and appliques). Amongst the burials were 43 graves with no human remains. Some of these so-called 'cenotaph' graves contained clay masks with gold objects placed strategically on the location of eyes, mouth, nose and ears. Although the specific social structure underpinning the Varna cemetery is disputed--from early state formation (Todorova 1976; Ivanov 1988; 1991) to chiefdom (Renfrew 1978)--there can be little doubt about the hierarchical nature of the social relations that resulted in such a massive accumulation of exotic prestige objects (Renfrew 1986; Chapman 2000).
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The excavations of the Varna cemetery continued into the 1990s but a full publication of the site and its archaeological finds is still awaited. One of the major gaps in our understanding of the cemetery is its absolute chronology. Typological dating of many of the artefacts flora Varna have suggested a date in the last (III) phase of the Varna culture The Varna culture belongs to the late Eneolithic of northern Bulgaria. It is conventionally dated between 4400-4100 BC cal, that is, contemporary with Karanovo VI in the South. , viz., the second hall of the fifth millennium cal BC. Diagnostic Varna objects (Figure 2) showed close stylistic parallels with other artifacts artifacts
see specimen artifacts. in North East Bulgarian The East Bulgarian is a light, moderately large horse which was only recognised as a separate breed in the 1950s. History
The East Bulgarian was developed at the end of the 19th century at the Vassil Kolarov stud farm near Shuman and at Bojurishte near Sofia, in Bulgaria, sites such as the cemeteries at Devnya (5), Goljamo Delchevo (6) and Durankulak (7), as well as the tells at Goljamo Delchevo (e.g., Levei XV: Todorova et al. 1975: 207) and Ovcharovo (particularly Leveis XI-XIII: Todorova et al. 1983, t. 78: 17; t. 80: 8, 13). However, typological dating is not particularly fine-grained and cannot provide estimates of the length of the use of the cemetery, nor whether graves with large or small numbers of grave goods are earlier in the sequence, nor even a sense of spatial differentiation in the dates of the graves. Some of these questions may be addressed with a large enough sample of AMS AMS - Andrew Message System dates, which could provide valuable new information on the dynamics and external relations of the Varna cemetery. It was with these questions in mind that we began a project to date the Varna cemetery. In this article, we examine the results of the first group of AMS dates produced by that project.
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The new AMS dates
Samples of human and animal bone were collected in late 2003 and again in mid-2004 from the Institute of Experimental Morphology and Anthropology, Sofia. The initial choice of samples for dating was based upon three principles: first, the availability of well-preserved human long bones; second, the investigation of graves in different zones of the cemetery; and, third, the dating of graves with a wide variety of quantities of grave goods (Table 1; Figure 2). In this dating programme, samples from graves in the eastern, central and northern parts of the cemetery are represented (Figure 1), as well as so-called 'rich' and 'poor' graves, the former including samples from the core cemetery.
Bones were prepared using the method outlined in Bronk Ramsey et al. (2004) and processed according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the standard Oxford Laboratory method (Bronk Ramsey & Hedges 1997; Bronk Ramsey et al. 2000). [[delta].sup.13] C values in this paper are reported with reference to VPDB VPDB Vienna PeeDee Belemnite (Vienna Pee Dee Pee Dee or Great Pee Dee, river, c.435 mi (700 km) long, rising in the Blue Ridge, W N.C., and flowing NE then SE to Winyah Bay, S.C. It is called the Yadkin until it is joined by the Uharie River W of Troy, N.C. Belumnite) and [[delta.sup.15]N results are reported with reference to MR (Ambient Inhalable Reservoir)(Coplen 1994). AMS measurements were determined on either C[O.sub.2] or graphite, depending upon sample size. In general, the bone we dated from Varna was of poor preservation, with much less than 10 per cent of the original collagen. Bone which is < 1wt. per cent collagen is not usually dated at Oxford. In the case of Varna, the bone preservation ranged from 0.5 to 8.2wt. per cent collagen. C:N atomic ratios ranging from 2.9-3.5 are acceptable for radiocarbon and stable isotope stable isotope
An isotope of an element that shows no tendency to undergo radioactive breakdown. analysis. The bones we initially dated had CNs that ranged from 3.0 to 3.2, which are all acceptable.
The AMS results are shown in Tables 2 and 3. Calibration using the INTCAL04 dataset (Reimer et al. 2004) and the OxCal 4.0.1 computer programme (Bronk Ramsey 1995; 2001) produced calendar ages ranging between 4600-4400 BC (Figure 3). One question that arises over the accuracy of these human bone dates is the possibility of a marine reservoir effect from the Black Sea or, indeed, the uptake of depleted (14) C from aquatic or freshwater fish (see Cook et al. 2001; Bonsall et al. 2004 in the Iron Gates region of the Balkans). The uptake of marine protein by humans can result in offsets from 'true age' since the concentration of radioactive carbon in oceanic reservoirs is not in equilibrium with the atmosphere. Indications are that the reservoir effect in the Black Sea is of the order of 380 years (Reimer & Reimer 2001), although the dataset is not extensive. Freshwater and aquatic fish can also contribute depleted (14) C in certain contexts, embracing errors of a similar magnitude. This is often linked with an enrichment in [[delta].sup.15]N values in bone. Honch et al. (2006) published a large (n = 55) dataset of nitrogen and carbon isotope values from Varna human bone which showed a predominant diet of [C.sub.3]-based terrestrial animal Terrestrial animals are animals that live predominantly or entirely on land, as compared with aquatic animals, which live predominantly or entirely in the water (e.g., fish, lobsters, octopuses), or amphibians, which rely on a combination of aquatic and terrestrial habitats (e.g. protein. There was some evidence, however, for a contribution to the diet of marine foods amongst a minority of individuals but the potential problems in precisely quantifying low marine uptake in human diets ought to be acknowledged (see Hedges 2004).
We dated three pairs of terrestrial animal and human bones excavated from within the same burial contexts to determine the extent of offsets between the two which could further indicate reservoir effects (burials 111, 117 and 143: Table 3). The data are few, owing to owing to
Because of; on account of: I couldn't attend, owing to illness.
owing to prep → debido a, por causa de the limited availability When customers of the PSTN make telephone calls, they commonly make use of a telecommunications network called a switched-circuit network. In a switched-circuit network, devices known as switches are used to connect the caller to the callee. of animal bones in safe contexts. In two instances the results from the animal and human are statistically different, with the human result older. This would be expected if there was a marine protein contribution in diet. OxA-13811, however, was a potentially problematic determination because of its very low collagen yield. The [[delta].sup.13]C value for OxA-13865 was the most enriched of the dated samples. Further work is needed and one of us (NVH NVH Noise, Vibration and Harshness
NVH Nahverkehr Hohenlohekreis (German)
NVH Noise Vibration and Harshness ) is currently working on using single amino acid amino acid (əmē`nō), any one of a class of simple organic compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and in certain cases sulfur. These compounds are the building blocks of proteins. stable isotopes to investigate this question further. Taken together, the possibility of small reservoir offsets amongst a minority of individuals must be entertained.
A Bayesian analysis Bayesian analysis A decision-making analysis that '…permits the calculation of the probability that one treatment is superior based on the observed data and prior beliefs…subjectivity of beliefs is not a liability, but rather explicitly allows (Buck et al. 1991; 1996) of the Varna radiocarbon determinations using OxCal 4.0.1 suggested an overall span of cemetery use of 83-178 years (Figure 4c: 68.2 per cent probability with a highest probability at 125 years); since there are no inter-cutting graves, all samples were treated as stratigraphically comparable. The probability distribution Probability distribution
A function that describes all the values a random variable can take and the probability associated with each. Also called a probability function.
probability distribution representing the boundary date prior to the use of the site as a cemetery (equivalent to the terminus post quem Terminus post quem and the related terminus ante quem are terms used to give an approximate date for a text. Terminus post quem is used to indicate the earliest point in time when the text may have been written, while Terminus ante quem ) was 4608-4551 BC (68.2 per cent probability) with the highest probability associated with 4560 BC. The distribution representing the boundary for the end of the use of the cemetery (ie. a terminus ante quem) was 4480-4430 BC (again at 68 per cent probability), with the highest probability of 4450 BC (Figure 4a; b).
However, the ceramic and metal grave goods at Varna point clearly to a typological date in the late phase of the Late Eneolithic. The absence of fit between the AMS dates and the typological determination of the material culture could be resolved by accepting the notion that material culture is not adopted monolithically across a region or regions but its adoption can be dated to different centuries in different regions. The acceptance of spatially variable transmission of material culture has been documented for the Vinca Vin·ca
A genus of evergreens usually found in the Eastern hemisphere.
plant genus of Apocynaceae family; contains cardiac glycoside; causes diarrhea; includes V. major (blue periwinkle), V. group in the West Balkans (Chapman 1981) and may well solve Boyadzhiev's (1995) supposed 'problem' of the overlap between dates for the Middle and Late phases of the Eneolithic.
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The wider social significance of the new dates
The new Varna I dates have many important consequences, not least for the start, the duration and the end of the burials. The key implication is that the Varna Lakes area was a centre of social and cultural innovation within the Black Sea zone, with their enchained en·chain
tr.v. en·chained, en·chain·ing, en·chains
To bind with or as if with chains.
en·chainment n. social relations transmitting innovations in ceramics and metal objects at different rates to other parts of the East Balkans. The development of a settlement network on the shores of the Varna Lakes at the start of the local Late Eneolithic stands in total contrast to the apparent absence of Middle Eneolithic settlement discard on those sites (pers. comm. I. Ivanov 1996) and may represent a colonisation of the Varna Lakes area over what is, on an archaeological time-scale, a relatively short period. One trajectory worth investigation is the possibility of diverse points of origin for the settlers, for example from both the coastal zone and inland North East Bulgaria, producing a melting-pot of cultural traditions leading to a regional centre of innovations. This would consolidate the links of the Varna Lakes area to several regional settlement networks in a novel way for East Balkan prehistory--what the late Andrew Sherratt Professor Andrew Sherratt was born in 1946 and died suddenly of a heart attack on 24 February 2006, in Witney, near Oxford, England. Sherratt was one of the most influential archaeologists of his generation. called 'network linkage' (Sherratt 1972).
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However, coeval co·e·val
Originating or existing during the same period; lasting through the same era.
One of the same era or period; a contemporary. with the major extension of this social network, the mortuary space at its centre at Varna was conceptually and spatially separated from any place of dwelling. The use of extramural extramural /ex·tra·mu·ral/ (-mur´il) situated or occurring outside the wall of an organ or structure.
situated or occurring outside the wall of an organ or structure. cemeteries was already present in the Hamangia mortuary tradition of the Black Sea coast (viz., Late Neolithic and Earlier Eneolithic) (Todorova 2002)--a practice that spread inland at the start of the Late Eneolithic. This greater distancing of the mortuary from the domestic domain indicates a parallel and deeper decoupling Decoupling
The occurrence of returns on asset classes diverging from their normal pattern of correlation.
Take for example stock and corporate bond returns, which normally rise and fall together. of ritual practices, leading to the more intense ritualisation of mortuary practices than was evident in household mortuary ritual. But this separation denied preferential local or regional access to the core cemetery, constituting Varna I as a place with the possibility of becoming a supra-regional focus.
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The absence of a linear or zonal spread of early graves to late graves across the cemetery is still a tentative finding, based upon only 16 human bone AMS dates. However, if confirmed, the spatial distribution of dates indicates the likelihood that all areas of the cemetery were receiving burials from the outset. This suggests that several communities were burying clusters of burials in different areas of the cemetery from an early stage of its use. If so, their links to a widespread social network of communities would have required the negotiation of their identities both within their own communities and between groups with recently developed exchange relations. The very establishment of a focal cemetery for the ancestors of this widespread network led to a strong development of place-value at Varna, in turn strengthening the network as an emergent and significant socio-political force.
Not surprisingly, the greatest emphasis in studies of Varna has been placed on the variability in grave good deposition. Three categories of graves may be identified with their social correlates: lavish graves, representing paramount chiefs, with grave goods made from a wide range of materials, including gold, copper and shell and with special mortuary insignia; rich graves, representing patrons, with more than six grave goods, including some objects made of copper or shell or gold; and poor graves, representing clients, with up to five grave goods but with no copper, gold or shell artefacts (for full details of the argument, see Chapman & Gaydarska 2006: Chapter 8). We modelled the radiocarbon likelihoods of graves with 'lavish + rich' grave goods compared with those with 'poor' graves. Both phases showed higher agreement indices for the groups separated into these categories than they did for all burials modelled as a single phase (Figure 5). The burials containing the widest range of grave goods also yielded the widest span (26-157 years at 68.2 per cent probability) while those containing smaller numbers or, indeed, no grave goods at all, produced a range of 0-71 years (68.2 per cent), with a highest probability of ~5 years. In addition, the 'poorer' burials all dated to after 4500 BC, whereas the 'wealthier' burials commenced slightly earlier (terminus post quem: 4632-4552 BC (68.2 per cent probability)). If validated, this tentative conclusion of 'poorer' graves coming later in the sequence would reinforce the significance of Varna as a centre of innovation at the beginning of the Late Eneolithic in terms of the massive accumulation of prestige mortuary exotica ex·ot·i·ca
Things that are curiously unusual or excitingly strange: such gustatory exotica as killer bee honey and fresh catnip sauce. , with early elite graves creating the momentum for a successful inter-regional social network. Since many of the lavish graves are cenotaphs, without human skeletal remains, only one lavish grave has been dated--Grave 43 (Ox-13685), falling in the middle of the earlier group of dates. Clearly, further chronometric chro·nom·e·ter
An exceptionally precise timepiece.
chrono·met evidence, both in the form of additional radiocarbon dates and more detailed analyses, is required.
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This Childean scenario confirms the alignment of the most striking grave assemblages with periods of intense social change--those periods where new status positions were under negotiation (Childe 1945). Given the overall duration of burial practices for just over a century, it may mean that the most spectacular graves were constructed over a period of less than 50 years--perhaps only one or two prehistoric generations. Continuing with the Childean analogy, the absence of the superordinate dimension in the later graves at Varna I would suggest a more stable social structure, with a reduced level of competition for elite roles (Childe 1945). The 'rich' and 'poor' graves may be categorised as patrons and clients, in a system that emerged in the Late Eneolithic once there was a sufficient number of prestige metal and shell goods in the exchange network. This phase also may well not have lasted much more than 50-60 years--two or three generations.
The new AMS dates suggest that the highest probability of the duration of Varna I is just over a century--or four prehistoric generations. Considering the number of graves, which would certainly have amounted to over 300 and perhaps exceeded 350 graves, this is a short timespan of use--probably shorter than most archaeologists would have supposed. This represents a time/place concentration of burial, with an average of three to four burials per annum--much higher than most other prehistoric cemeteries (cf. Branc: an estimated 3-6 burials in 4 years: Shennan 1975; Tiszapolgar-Basatanya: an estimated 1 burial every 3-6 years: Forenbaher 1993; Mokrin: an estimated 3-4 burials in 4 years: Rega 19978). While this concentrated period limited the time-depth of the ancestral presence at Varna to four generations, the frequency of burial acts would have enhanced the abilities of the communities to compare and contrast the quantities of grave goods buried with the newly-dead, as well as deepening the personal, emotional and kinship links between mourners at successive funerals. It would be important to estimate the spatial range of the Varna social network, in terms of the range of communities having the right to bury their dead at Varna I. A large number of medium-sized communities, each suffering one or two bereavements per annum Per annum
Yearly. , may well have buried only a fraction of their newly-dead at Varna I, representing a prior selection of individuals with rights to be buried at Varna I.
The limited number of lavish graves at Varna, representing no more than a handful of paramount chiefs, buried over 50-60 years, suggests a stabilisation of the new social structure by the early part of the Late Copper Age. The presence of both rich and poor graves in other smaller cemeteries (Lichardus 1988; Chapman 1996) suggests that the patron-client system had become integrated into the social structure as an unproblematic part of everyday practice. However, the structural implications of hierarchical relationships for fractal personhood per·son·hood
The state or condition of being a person, especially having those qualities that confer distinct individuality: "finding her own personhood as a campus activist" were severe, leading to increasing tensions in the later part of the Climax Copper Age.
One serious result of these social tensions was the end of the burial tradition at Varna. However, even though the sacred place (Civil Law) the place where a deceased person is buried.
See also: Sacred was abandoned, with minimal signs of re-use or re-occupation at any rime in prehistory, the communities whose dead found their final resting-place at Varna continued in existence. According to the calibrated cal·i·brate
tr.v. cal·i·brat·ed, cal·i·brat·ing, cal·i·brates
1. To check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument): radiocarbon timescale calculated by Boyadzhiev (1995: Table 4), the Late Eneolithic period in Eastern Bulgaria lasted until the end of the fifth millenium cal BC, leaving a long period of time perhaps 20 generations--during which 'Late Eneolithic' material culture continued to be made, exchanged and consumed elsewhere. It is likely that the caesura cae·su·ra also ce·su·ra
n. pl. cae·su·ras or cae·su·rae
1. A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.
2. in burial tradition at Varna I signalled the diminution Taking away; reduction; lessening; incompleteness.
The term diminution is used in law to signify that a record submitted by an inferior court to a superior court for review is not complete or not fully certified. of the supra-regional enchained network underpinning the provision of elite goods. Nonetheless, objects were moved from region to region in some quantity (Pernicka et al. 1993; 1997; Gale et al. 2000), suggesting the long-term survival of the inter-regional network.
The new radiocarbon series we have obtained from the Varna I cemetery fits at the early end of the wide limits of the chronology proposed by the late Ivan Ivanov and Maya Avramova (2000: 12) for the cemetery (4600-4200 BC). Our determinations date Late Eneolithic graves from the Varna cemetery to ~4560-4450 BC. This is a period coeval with the Middle Copper Age on other sites and in other regions, as defined by Boyadzhiev (1995: 179 & Table 4). The Varna dates have two important consequences. First, they advance by one or two centuries the beginning of the Late Copper Age in the Black Sea zone. Secondly, they demonstrate that the start of burial practices at Varna dates to the very beginning of the Late Eneolithic and not as late as some Bulgarian colleagues have thought. The third implication is that the adoption of similar ceramic styles and metal objects may have occurred at different rates in different parts of the East Balkans, with more rapid developments in a centre of social and cultural innovation such as the Black Sea zone.
Our results suggest that the highest probability of use of the cemetery is just over a century (a range of 83-178 years at 68.2 per cent probability). Considering the number of graves (almost 300), this is a short timespan of use--probably shorter than most archaeologists would have supposed. This time-span has implications for the range of communities having the right to bury their dead at Varna. Moreover, we could detect no spatial distribution of dates, indicating the likelihood that all areas of the cemetery were receiving burials from the same time, i.e. there was no linear or zonal spread of early graves to late graves across the cemetery. This is perhaps a sign that several communities were burying clusters of burials in different areas of the cemetery from an early stage of its use. We investigated whether or not there was any significant difference between the age of the dated burials that contained few grave goods, and those that contained more significant mortuary offerings. We found that burials containing few deposited artefacts tended towards the later phase of use of the cemetery. If validated, this tentative conclusion could reinforce the significance of Varna as a centre of innovation in terms of the massive accumulation of prestige mortuary exotica.
It should be emphasised, of course, that, since the new dates from Varna represent only a fraction of the total of 294 burials (just over 5 per cent), our conclusions are preliminary at this stage. These analyses are only the beginning of what we hope will be a long collaborative research programme in which further dates are obtained from human bone remains from this, and other sites, to provide the secure chronology that is merited by such an important region in prehistoric Europe This bulk of this article encompasses the time in Europe from c 900,000 years ago to 8th-7th century BCE. Pre-Pleistocene
Through most of Earth's history, various subcontinental land masses such as Baltica and Avalonia that would later be part of Europe moved about the globe .
This project could not have been initiated without the friendly co-operation of the Varna Archaeological Museum and its staff, and the BAN Institute for Experimental Morphology & Anthropology, Sofia, and its staff. The staff of the ORAU ORAU Oak Ridge Associated Universities , University of Oxford are also thanked. Prof. C. Bronk Ramsey (ORAU) made useful comments on the script.
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(5) For example, grave 4, see Todorova-Simeonova 1971, t. XL: 17; grave 18--Todorova--Simeonova 1971, t. XIII: 33; grave 24--Todorova--Simeonova 1971, table XIII: 25).
(6) See grave 31 (Todorova et al. 1975: 241, table 129: 2).
(7) For example, graves 7, 612, 620, 868, 1104, 1165 and 1175 (Todorova 2002).
(8) There are no radiocarbon dates for Branc and estimates for the duration of the cemetery with its 308 graves range from 200 to 400 years (Shennan 1975). The radiocarbon dates for Basatanya of 4500-3600 cal BC suggest a duration of 900 years for the 154 graves but critics suggest this duration is far too long (Forenbaher 1993; Chapman 2000a). The dates of 2100-1500 cal BC for Mokrin combine with the estimate that the 312 excavated graves form 1/2 to 2/3 of the total cemetery (Rega 1997).
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Table 1. Grave information and descriptions of associated grave goods of samples dated at ORAU(for selected finds, see Figures 2-3). Grave No. Description Grave 10 The depth of the burial pit is 1.80m. Contracted inhumation of a 25-30-year-old male, placed on the left side, oriented to 70[degrees]. Grave goods--fragments of a clay vessel and a flint blade. Grave 11 The depth of the burial pit is 1.11-1.26m. Contracted inhumation of a young female, placed on the right side, oriented to 38 [degrees]. Grave goods--lumps of red ochre, two clay lids and three clay vessels, copper and bone rings, a copper needle, a flint blade and a necklace of cylindrical lignite beads. Grave 43 The depth of the burial pit is 2.20m. Extended inhumation of a 40-50-year-old male, with a height of c. 1.70m, oriented to 24-. The rich grave goods comprise: gold earrings and circular appliques used for the ornaments of a head-dress. Two gold bracelets on both forearms, with a Spondylus bracelet on the left forearm, broken in two pieces and repaired with gold plates. Gold-ring bracelets on both wrists. The deceased was buried in clothes trimmed with gold and carnelian beads and circular gold appliques. On the thorax, there was a large circular gold applique. Above the left side of the pelvis, there were two rectangular gold plates. On the right side of pelvis, there was a gold penis sheath. Above each patella was one circular gold applique. West of the skull, there was a clay bowl. East of the skull there were golden fittings for a quiver and a clay pedestal. On the left side of the skeleton was a bow, with its gold fittings, and two spears, one with a flint point, the other with a copper point. On the left forearm, there were two bone needles. In his right hand, the deceased held a stone axe-sceptre, whose handle had been inserted into gold tubes and with a lid. On the right side, there was a flint blade above his pelvis. One more flint blade was placed on the pelvis, with a third on the left side, by the left femur. Between the knee joints, there were copper and stone axes and a stone adze. Left of the left patella, there was a copper adze, awl and needle and a stone adze. The remains of a clay vessel was placed in the grave-fill. It is the richest inhumation grave in the whole cemetery. This fact, together with the axe-sceptre and gold penis sheath, suggests that the leader-priest of the Varna community was buried here. Grave 44 Heavily damaged by agricultural works. The depth of the burial pit is 0.95-1.03m. Extended inhumation without grave goods. Grave 94 The depth of the burial pit is 0.69-0.84m. Extended inhumation, oriented to 43 [degrees], with the head facing North. Grave goods-a decomposed clay vessel. Grave 111 The depth of the burial pit is 1.50-1.68m. Extended a 30-35-year-old male, oriented to 39[degrees]. Grave goods two antler hammer-axes, unidentified antler tool, stone adze, five clay vessels and lumps of yellow ochre. Grave 112 The depth of the burial pit is 1.12-1.30m. Extended inhumation, oriented to 20[degrees]. Grave goods-a copper needle polished limestone adze (Fig. 2: 2), a heavily destroyed deer antler tool, a necklace of 3 beads from metamorphosed ultrabasite (Fig. 2: 6) and 11 Spondylus beads (Fig. 2: 7), five clay vessels, only two of them complete (Figs. 2: 3, 5) and small fragments of a ceramic sieve. Grave 117 The depth of the burial pit is 1.30-1.40m. Extended inhumation of an adult male, oriented to 29[degrees]. Grave goods-copper awl, flint blade, an antler hammer-axe, two Spondylus bracelets and four clay vessels. Grave 121 The depth of the burial pit is 1.05-1.17m. Contracted inhumation on the right side, oriented to 35[degrees]. Grave goods--two decomposed clay vessels. Grave 125 The depth of the grave pit is 0.81-0.89m. Extended position, oriented to 23[degrees]. Grave goods--a decomposed clay vessel. Grave 137 The depth of the grave pit is 1.45-1.60m. Extended inhumation, oriented to 45[degrees]. Grave goods--one clay vessel. Grave 143 The depth of the burial pit is 2.60m. Extended inhumation of a young male (16-20 years), oriented to 28--flint. Grave goods a gold crescentic plate, a copper axe and an awl, a blade and a scraper, stone adze, an antler hammer-axe, a necklace of carnelian, lignite and Spondylus beads, two Spondylus bracelets, six clay vessels and lumps of red ochre. Grave 158 The depth of the burial pit is 1.20-1.30m. Contracted inhumation of an infant, placed on the right side, oriented to 3[degrees]. Grave goods--marble necklace, Spondylus and metamorphosed ultrabasite beads, four Spondylus bracelets and three clay vessels. The deceased has been buried in clothes trimmed with Spondylus appliques. Grave 215 The depth of the burial pit is 0.89-0.96m. Extended inhumation of a young adult of uncertain sex, oriented to 34[degrees]. Grave goods--two flint blades, an antler tool (? awl) and two clay vessels. Grave 225 The depth of the burial pit is 0.39-0.42m. Extended inhumation of an adult, probably female, buried with sherds from one vessel. Grave 255 The depth of the grave pit is 0.65-0.93m. Extended inhumation of an adult, probably female, oriented to 352-. Grave goods--a gold pendant (Fig. 2: 12), a copper axe-hammer of the Coka-Varna type (Fig. 2: 9), a copper needle (Fig. 2: 11), a flint scraper (Fig. 2: 10) and a polished stone adze (Fig. 2: 8) were found. Table 2. Human bone AMS dates from the Varna necropolis. The first five dates were sampled in Varna in late 2003 and dated in 2004 at ORAU, the remainder were collected in May 2004 from a wider range of burials from previously unsampled areas (Figure 1).Burial no. Radiocarbon Burial no. OxA no. age BP 94 13250 5626 [+ or -] 31 112 13251 5702 [+ or -] 32 121 13252 5672 [+ or -] 34 125 13253 5685 [+ or -] 33 255 13254 5732 [+ or -] 33 43 13685 5720 [+ or -] 29 11 13686 5639 [+ or -] 32 10 13687 5569 [+ or -] 32 158 13688 5787 [+ or -] 30 215 13691 5668 [+ or -] 32 44 13692 5657 [+ or -] 30 225 13693 5660 [+ or -] 29 137 13694 5654 [+ or -] 36 Burial no. [delta.sup.13] [delta.sup.15] C:N ratio [per thousand] [per thousand] 94 -19.3 10.0 3.2 112 -18.6 10.5 3.1 121 -18.9 9.7 3.2 125 -18.6 9.9 3.0 255 -18.6 10.4 3.2 43 -18.5 11.0 3.2 11 -19.3 10.4 3.2 10 -19.1 11.4 3.2 158 -18.9 9.8 3.3 215 -19.8 10.8 3.2 44 -19.1 10.8 3.2 225 -19.8 9.1 3.2 137 -19.8 10.9 3.2 Pretreat. Burial no. Wt. % coll yld (mg) % carbon 94 3.7 26.1 42.8 112 1.2 9.4 39.9 121 1.4 7.6 36.1 125 3.0 19.6 43.0 255 2.5 14.2 44.3 43 5.0 31.6 44.7 11 2.5 13.1 44.9 10 0.9 5.0 41.9 158 2.0 11.0 42.7 215 1.0 6.5 42.9 44 4.0 23.6 43.6 225 5.5 30.0 43.8 137 5.8 35.1 44.8 Table 3. Dated human/animal pairs, measured to determine possible reservoir offsets in human bone from the Varna site. The animal bone from B143 may derive from a fragment of human bone, given its isotopic values which mirror those from the human individual. Stable isotope values from Burial 111 (human) are duplicate analyses, whilst those from burial 143 (animal) and 117 (human) are measured in triplicate. Burial 143 (human) results are single measurements. Animal collagen from burials 111 and 117 were not analysed for nitrogen isotopes. Radiocarbon Burial no. OxA no. Bone age BP 111 13865 Human 5855 [+ or -] 34 111 13846 Animal 5757 [+ or -] 34 117 13848 Human 5766 [+ or -] 36 117 13811 Animal 5530 [+ or -] 36 143 13689 Human 5690 [+ or -] 32 143 13690 Animal 5700 [+ or -] 30 Burial no. [delta.sup.13]C [delta.sup.15]C CN [per thousand] [per thousand] 111 -18.3 11.3 3.2 111 -19.4 n.d. 3.2 117 -19 10.2 3.2 117 -20.2 n.d. 3.3 143 -19.7 9.7 3.2 143 -19.7 10.1 3.2 Pretreat. Burial no. Wt% coil yld (mg) % carbon 111 8.2 58.9 43.8 111 2.4 16.5 42.8 117 2.7 18.6 42.4 117 0.5 3.2 41.8 143 1.0 6.5 43.0 143 2.6 17.9 43.1