This is how archeologist Dr Srejovic described the sensational finds in the summer of 1967: 'I had just sat down for a short rest under a tree at some distance from the team when one of the girls dashed up and asked me to come as they had found a stone with ornamentation. At first I thought it was a joke, but when she insisted I told her they ought to clean the stone better since the ornamentation was probably just natural scratches. However, she kept trying to convince me, so I finally went with her. As soon as I saw the carved stone, skilfully decorated with a lace-like design, I became as excited as the others and we all began to hug one another and jump for joy. We immediately went on lifting the floors of the excavated houses, coming upon even more interesting sculptures around the hearths.'
The oldest stone monumental sculptures that represent the human head life-size and larger can be found in the Lepenski Vir museum. They are trully impressive and look modern. Who can tell they're more than 8000 years old?
The sculptures were modelled from large boulders of yellow sandstone found in the surrounding mountains and embedded in the house foundations, usually behind the hearths.
Take a look at the 3 ethno houses, valuable examples of folk architecture placed on a plateau beside the parking lot.
Archeologists think that this was a settled and well-established fishing, hunting and probably gathering community. It flourished at Lepenski Vir between 8000 and 6000 B.C.
See how and where people used to live in the neolithic period of the world history and find some of the oldest stone sculptures in the small museum nearby!
This is what is left of the prehistoric town Lepenski Vir. The left overs are from 6 500 to 4 500 BC... over 8 000 years before this day .
it is no wonder they adored fish-human God , since the town is on the Dunav river bank. 70% of their food was fish. So their lives mostly depended on the river.
Those stone figures , as you can see, are combination between human and fish ... they were worshiping some kind of river God.
...stone plastic figures. They were standing in the middle of the houses , just besides the rectangular fireplaces , and they were made of river stones.
Lepenski Vir location 1 (houses 10,11) location 2 (houses 7, 9, 17), house 16, location 5 (houses 22, 30) house 25 location 11 (house 19) and house 24.