Danube Virtual Museum

Kаrаburmа i Rоspi ćupriја

Belgrade City Museum conducted salvage archaeological excavations in Karaburma (the area between Višnjička Street, Mirijevo Boulevard and Dante Street) in the period between 1958 and 1963. Systematic archaeological excavations were carried out at Rospi Ćuprija in 1954 and 1961. At both sites, which form geographical and cultural unity, necropolis from all phases of the Iron Age (Hallstatt, Bronze and Iron Age) was discovered.

Middle Bronze Age (1550-900 BC)

Archaeological excavations revealed 230 bronze graves at Karaburma and another twenty on the site Rospi Ćuprija. There is no doubt that this necropolis was significantly bigger since it was not possible to round up the whole space of in which the necropolis is potentially spread. The largest number is those graves with the cremated remains of the deceased, which were after cremation laid in a ceramic urn together with the jewelry and various items. Also, other types of bowls containing food were laid together with the urn in a grave. Traces of the settlement were discovered north of the necropolis along the Danube bank.

Early Iron Age (around 350 BC - 50 AD)

Archaeological excavations at Karburma discovered 96 Celtic tombs. Celts inhabited this area from the mid-fourth century BC to the mid-first century AD, when the period of Roman domination in this area began. Most of the graves are those of the cremated deceased, while only a small number belonging to the oldest phase of the necropilis were buried. Graves of the cremated deceased characterize urns in which ashes of the deceased were stored, iron weapons (swords with sheaths, battle knives, shields), and various pottery and iron tools (scissors), which were laid in graves as a sign of contribution. Jewelry (bracelets, fibula, belts, and rings) is present to a lesser extent, taking into account the warlike character of the cemetery.

(Text: Belgrade City Museum)