THE EMERGENCE OF VLACH NECROPOLISES WITH PETROGLYPHS IN WESTERN BALKANS

Octavian CIOBANU

Abstract

The paper deals with some activities and traditions of
Vlachs connected to the emergence of necropolises with
impressive tombstones and petroglyphs in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, and in surrounding countries like Croatia,
Serbia and Montenegro. The paper approaches the traces
of the Vlach transhumance in the Western Balkans and the
connection between transhumance and the position of the
necropolises. Similar approach is made about the traces of
the Vlach transportation routes between the mines in the
mountains and the Italian cities of Dalmatia. The routes
are set in connection with the position of some necropolises. The duration of transportation activities coincides in
time with the duration of the formation of necropolises. A
similarity between some petroglyphs and the persistence
of funerary rites of the Romanians/Vlachs from North East
Serbia strengthens the hypothesis of Vlach main contribution to the emergence of necropolises with petroglyphs.

Key words: Vlachs, necropolises, petroglyphs, transhumance, transportations, guards, funerary traditions.

 

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