The settlement of Devnya was excavated during the summer of 1969, as part of the rescue excavations of the known Early Medieval cemetery Devnya-3. It is located on the first overflown terrace of the west shore of the Beloslav lake, and more exactly on its east end. According to the excavations leader Ivan Ivanov, the settlement contains one layer, which is 20 cm thick and based on the materials found, it belongs to the Late Eneolithic period. In the short publication on the settlement from 1972, I. Ivanov shows the main features of the pottery, presenting most of the well preserved and interesting examples.
The aim of this paper is to analyze in more details the pottery found in the settlement. It is stored in the collection of Varna Archaeological Museum and in its majority has not been handled or published until now. Most of the pottery is highly fragmented and the number of the well preserved specimens is low. Also, some specimens are washed, covered with calcareous concretion or subjected to secondary burning. However, the pottery is very important to handle, because it comes from one of the few settlements from the region of Varna lakes, which are excavated archaeologically. The specimens, which could be typologically assigned or those in a very good condition are in sufficient amount to allow the technological, typological and ornamentation analyses of the pottery. They give us more valuable data for complementing the pottery-based characteristics of the population inhabiting this region and also of the Varna Culture, in which the settlement falls geographically. Also, it is necessary to see whether the pottery assemblage shows the same features, known from the materials from the other sites from the region and to look for the chronological connection between them. The analysis of the pottery from one layered settlement could also be very helpful in the future for answering other important questions concerning the chronological position of the sites in the lakes region and the relative chronology between them.