The LPC in south-west Slovakia

The LPC in south-west Slovakia was classified into three phases, partly with subphases, by J. Pavúk in 1980. He laid special attention to the oldest phase of the LPC, which he divided into four sections and which he named after major locations (Nitra, Hurbanovo, Bíňa and Milanovce).

The younger LPC was divided into the phases I to III by Pavúk. They roughly correspond to the “music-note horizon” in Austria. In phase I, music-note decoration appears for the first time; in phase II, garlands and chevrons as well as interlaced s-shaped arcs appear among other innovations. Phase III leads over to the succeeding Želiezovce group. Here, bundles of lines occur which are separated by elongated “music notes”

This last mentioned element of decoration, broad bundles of lines which are subdivided by perpendicular lines is a main characteristic of the decoration attributed to the Želiezovce group (Pavúk 1969). It is the last phase in the LPC development in south-west Slovakia. J. Pavúk again subdivided it into four subphases. The broad bundles of lines are arranged to form arc, spiral, wave, chevron and angular motifs. For the decoration of the vessels, people furthermore used yellow, black and red paint.

In a newer study, J. Pavúk summarized the four subphases of his first phase to two (Bíňa and Milanovce: Pavúk 1996).

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