On Friday 26th April 2013, the attention of Alsónyék-Bátaszék team turned to the wider context of the burial evidence. This time the starting point was the ceramic seriation for Lengyel graves from Transdanubia presented by István Zalai-Gaál. The graves from Alsónyék itself fall only in the later part of this seriation so, in order to avoid a chronologically biased sample of radiocarbon dates, it was decided to select an independent sample of 30 or so graves from the other sites represented across the whole seriation.
Prompted by a visit of Peter Barta from Bratislava, we then considered whether wider modelling of the chronology of Lengyel culture graves was possible. The issues are not only practical ones of the availability of radiocarbon dates, and the accessibility of information relating to the samples dated and their association with diagnostic finds. Above all, it is essential to define exactly what is to be modelled. Is, for example, an early Lengyel grave with incised pottery from Transdanubia the same as an early Lengyel grave with similar grave goods in southern Slovakia? Are there similarities beneath the regional variation? What are they? Can we extract commonalities from the range of ‘things and practices’ that make up the Lengyel culture, that we can use to track connections and change across the timescape of central Europe?