"The Cradle of European Civilisation!" Lepenski Vir by KonstantinII

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Lepenski Vir

Lepenski Vir is a Mesolithic site on the banks of the Danube in Serbia, close to the Iron Gates gorge.

It was first occupied around 6000 BC and based around a fishing community. Archaeological evidence shows that around 100 people lived in trapezoidal timber structures somewhere between tents and true houses. A single larger 'house' in the centre may imply some form of social stratification.

Artefacts found at the site include carved stone heads with piscine features which may represent some kind of fish god.

The site was later occupied by a Neolithic settlement.

Europe's First Monumental Sculpture

Fish-like human sculptures are World wide known.
The museum has an obvious lack of financial support of a state that had much bigger problems, but the people that work there are skilled and take great care to preserv the findings and the museum building.

For its methodically planned architecture and for its diverse sculptures. In the latter, the site has suddenly assumed an importance for which the epithet 'unique' might be acceptable. 'Lepenski Vir art' enters the world's art-history substantially in its own right and without convincing parentage.

  • Last visit to Lepenski Vir: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Sep 6, 2006 at 7:41 PM

    Thank you for posting this. There is very little about this site published or on the web. I am an Art Historian and would like to visit the site someday and perhaps work towards some funding for it. It surely warrants it. Linda


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