Still from a film by Romana Vujasinović and Milena Vasić
Mesolithic Burial in Vlasac, North East Serbia
Excavated over the course of two days, summer 2007
Archaeological excavations often reveal a close association between patterns of settlement and burial. This burial can be dated to a long lasting foraging and fishing community around 9,000 years ago. The short film reveals the processes through which a team, led by archaeologists from the University of Cambridge, gradually made aspects of the burial body visible.
The alignment of burials to particular features of the landscape provides evidence for this prehistoric society’s belief systems. Several years after the burial, parts of these bodies were extracted from their graves and placed near the hearths of buildings, extending the power of the ancestral body to different locations.