Archeology

The medieval tombstones ``stećci`` are unique examples of cultural heritage


The medieval tombstones "stećci" are unique examples of cultural heritage of cross-border regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, western Montenegro, western Serbia and central and southern Croatia. They have been recently enrolled on the UNESCO World Heritage List, 28 localities with tombstones dating from the twelfth to the sixteenth century . "Tombstones are mostly carved from limestone and have a wide range of decorative motifs and inscriptions, which are iconographic continuity within the medieval Europe, as well as the typical local tradition." - UNESCO Stećci are practically "scattered" on many fields and mountains of Piva and recall the forgotten part of human creativity. This is exactly what makes them even more attractive, so the search for the tombstones itself is very challenging. The most comprehensive list of tombstones in Piva region was made in the late 60s and early 70s of the XX century by Bosnian researcher, Šefik Bešlagić. At that time, in this area there were 35 sites with a total of 787 stećci.
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