The Archeological Site ‘Starcevo’

The archeological site lies to the west of the village of Starcevo, on the left bank of Danube, approximately 8km from Pancevo. The site is famous worldwide for exceptional archeological discoveries and the culture of Middle Neolithic period (early Stone Age) developed on the area of the central Balkan Peninsula from VII to V millennium B.C (6200-5200 B.C.)named ‘Starcevo Culture’.
‘Starcevo Culture’ is the oldest Neolithic cultural group on the central Balkan Peninsula. The location in Vojvodina was the center of the culture which later spread to Montenegro (the valley of the Lim river), Bosnia (the valley of the Bosnia river), to Slavonia, Srem and Backa, to the parts of Transylvania and to the central Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija.
Only the settlement of Starcevo ‘City’ is on the river terrace. The settlements of the Starcevo culture were rarely found on the sunny slopes near moors or in the valleys (near streams or springs).
The dwellings were mostly underground with oval or rectangular basis, sticks as walls and a hearth. At the locality Starcevo ‘City’ several round and oval shaped underground dwellings, 2-6m in diameter, were discovered.
Archeological research of the site discovered the lack of burial ground and complete neglect of the funeral rituals or gifts for the deceased. The deceased were buried in squatting position, in the very settlement in the waste pits. Several of such graves were excavated on the site of Starcevo ‘City’.

City: Pancevo