The pottery of Gumelnitsa culture (4550-3900 B.C.) was first studied at the beginning of the 20th century. From then until now a plenty of digging reports, scientific articles and books comprised detailed descriptions and observations about stylistic and typological features of pottery. Technological questions regarding the paste analysis were more often issued in the last decades and the methods used varied from archaeological approaches made macroscopically to laboratory analyses performed by specialists in geology, chemistry or physics.
The aim of this paper is to present and analyze the paste of Gumelnitsa pottery discovered in several sites from Romania, also representing a middle stage of my doctoral research, while the final target is to have an overlook on Gumelnitsa pottery paste technology on both sides of the Danube. Old and new data was gathered from numerous publications about Gumelnitsa sites raging in space from the Olt River to the Black Sea. This approach will first analyze the pottery at the level of the settlement presenting some case studies of sites (Bordusani, Harsova, Pietrele, Sultana Malu-Rosu) where both macroscopically and laboratory observations on pottery were published. Secondly, this data will be combined with sparse information about paste quality collected from various digging reports and using a GIS program, maps will be created, showing the variability of pottery paste recipes in time and space.