Croatia: Sensational Find Of Largest New Stone Age City

Vinkovci, Croatia -  archaeological dig site unearthing the largest Stone Age city in region

Vinkovci, Croatia –
archaeological dig site
unearthing the largest
Stone Age city in region

 

Archaeologists in Croatia have unearthed what they consider to be the largest New Stone Age city ever discovered in the region. The new find stretches for more than 100 thousand square meters and is believed to be dating back to 4,000 or 5,000 years Before Christ (BC) – roughly 7,000 years old.

New Stone Age city unearthed in Croatia

New Stone Age city
unearthed near Vinkovci Croatia

This find is located a few kilometres west of Vinkovci (near Vukovar). A research team led by Maja Krznaric Skrivanko and Hrvoje Vulic from Vinkovci Municipal Museum announced this week (Croatian news agency HINA reports) that they had discovered a previously unknown village that dates back to the fifth or fourth millennium BC after having been on the archaeological site for some months.

The archaeologists involved reportedly had no clue that they would find such a massive repository of archaeological treasures before they started the dig.

At the beginning,” Vulic said, “we found the remains of tanks, wells, and ceramic items dating back to the Stone Age, and we decided to investigate further.”

About 30 inches below the surface, the researchers came upon a treasure trove of ancient materials. As they continued the excavation, the dig unfolded into a site about 100 thousand square meters in area. For now, the researchers are concentrating on a smaller area of about 3,000 square meters. In that spot alone, they’ve found 325 archaeological objects, including fences, wells, and kilns for ceramics.

Ritually buried Bovid heads found

Ritually buried Bovid skulls found

 

Whole dishes and remnants of sacrificial animals

Whole dishes and
remnants of sacrificial animals

They have also found the remains of children buried in what appear to have been ritualistic burials. Children and infants’ graves, the researchers say, are a good way of determining what the level of prosperity existed for the village. The graves the researchers uncovered had cattle/bovid skulls and horns interred alongside a child’s remains, as well as pottery placed there as if in a ritual.

Excavated dishes from New Stone Age

Excavated dishes from New Stone Age

A child's grave more than 7000 years old at the dig

A child’s grave more than
7000 years old at the dig

The culture present in the area in the fourth and fifth millennium BC was called the Sopot culture, and it stretched across what is now Croatia, Bosnia, and Hungary. The Sopot communities typically settled alongside rivers, streams, and wetlands, while animal husbandry was prevalent.

There is a consensus in Croatia, and wider, that this archaeological discovery represents a most important discovery in the area to date, from the Neolithic to the Roman period. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Comments

  1. Well, that must have been a great day for those archeologists. 😀 Happy researching!

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  2. This is an amazing find.

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  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Archaeologists can now fly over an area and square, rectangular or round shapes pop up as buildings. There are also mass graves or rows of graves that show as well. I cannot remember that the technology is called but it has sped up archaeology tremendously. This was very interesting; I’m always curious about our ancestors.

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  4. Love historical finds like this 🙂

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  5. Hi Ina…
    Love your posts and thanks for sharing! Wishing you a day of
    Soft Curves—Wonder and Joy! Phil

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  6. Fascinating discovery, Ina. It’s such a crucial part of Croatia’s history. Because of it’s tremendous size, I’m sure archaeologists will be busy for years.

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  7. An impressive find.

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  8. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing that.

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  9. Excellent post,probably the discovery will let the world know more about our existence.Regards.

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  10. What a marvelous finding Inavukic!
    Thank you very much for sharing
    Best wishes to you for the week ahead, Aquileana 😛

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  11. Incredible find giving highlighting the mode of living of people at that time.

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  12. Fascinating! I will have to read more about this. Thanks

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  13. Shibu Mathews says:

    Hi Ina, this was a great post. Amazing archeological discovery. After all the political turmoil that Croatians are going through, this must have been a good news for them. 🙂
    Have a blessed day.

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