In the later third millennium BC pottery production in Upper Thrace is distinguished by high quality. The variety of shapes can be associated with strict specialisation of functions of the vessels. Even types of decoration are partly standardised for certain types of vessels. So some of them are easily recognizable chronological indicators. For example, the cups with high handles, known as type “Sv. Kirilovo” and jugs with vertical handles, decorated with finger impressed plastic band are typical of this period in the eastern part of Upper Thrace. In the beginning of the second millennium BC ceramic changes smoothly. Despite the similarities in decoration to those of the previous period, most of the vessels are with altered proportions and some new shapes appeared.
During the bronze age increases the production of pouring, drinking vessels and containers for storaging liquids. Traditionally attention focuses on the cups and jugs in which scholars look for signs of change. Spouted vessels generally considered as liquid-related are somehow neglected even though they are also widespread.
Vessels that have spouts are plates and bowls with incurved rims, hemispherical deep bowls, jugs or pots with spherical body and separated neck, the spout is usually in the upper part of the body. Most of them have handles, usually in line with the spout. They can be vertical or horizontal, sometimes are more then one. Spouted vessels differ not only in form but also in decoration.
There are various ideas regarding their function. Some spouted vessels are called teapots due to their similarity to the modern type. However, one can only speculate whether the various types are used for different liquids or for different stages of the preparation of particular drink. Since most of them are found in settlements, they are generally considered as vessels with utilitarian function but they can easily be used for ritual purposes. Nevertheless, their specific use can’t be denied and owing to their wide distribution they offer us opportunity to make comparative analysis with other examples in wide geographical areas.
This study aims at tracing the development of spouted vessels and to determine whether there are chronological and regional differences between them. Following the distribution of these vessels we can assume their origin and prove that they can be considered as markers for interregional interactions.