Tell formation is the most visible form of prehistoric population aggregation in southeastern Europe. Tells emerged throughout the greater Balkan region during the Neolithic, Copper Age or Chalcolithic, and the Bronze Age from the seventh to second millennia BC. European tells tended to be smaller than their Near Eastern and North African counterparts, and despite superfi cial resemblances, systematic comparison indicates important variation in the social processes that created tells in these different parts of the world (BelferCohen and Goring-Morris 2011; Goring-Morris and Belfer-Cohen 2011; Parkinson and Gyucha 2012).