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Vessels for filtering

Vessel for filtering, Late Neolithic II. Fragments of perforated vases exist as early as the Late Neolithic I, but vessels with entirely perforated walls appear only during the Late Neolithic II. Although usually designated by the neutral name “sieves”, they have often been interpreted as cheese-strainers, i.e. objects made for straining milk in order to make cheese. They are thus associated with a more intensive exploitation of milk products during this period.

Recent residue analyses , however, so far demonstrate a completely different type of contents: beeswax. It is therefore possible that these objects were connected with honey acquisition, or were simply coated with wax before filtering other substances.

Last Update : 2/02/12