Archaeologists from Novi Pazar have discovered a mysterious medieval Serbian necropolis in Raska, near Novi Pazar. Serbian deceased were buried there between XII – XVIII century.
Lost Serbian necropolis in Ras, near Novi Pazar
The ground at oak grove on Glavica hill hides mysterious Serbian medieval graveyard, as the archaeologists of the Museum of Ras have recently discovered. Thousands of huge stone monuments of unusual shape covered like a giant pavement slopes of the conical hill topped by a huge oak tree. His mighty crown looms over the stone altar table made with surgical precision by some long-forgotten master.
The ancient cemetery is located at the end of Dezevske valley, near the village of Ljuljac, where the narrow strip of fertile plains converts into steep slopes of Golija.
This amazing Serbian necropolis where the dead were buried between 12 – 18 century consists of monumental and unique memorials, monuments so anything similar yet so well preserved have never been seen. But there’s no money for further research – says Dragica Premović Aleksic, Director of the Museum of Ras in Novi Pazar.
Dr Aleksic and her team discovered the ancient cemetery and they hope that Serbian government will find the means for further research of the necropolis, hopefully before the robbers destroy these archaeological treasures, like they did with all other old Serbian Orthodox cemeteries in the area. (Ras was the very first capital and the region where Serbia as a state has been formed. During disguised Vaticani servant, communist Tito dictatorship, tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims moved to this area, thus they renamed it into Sandžak, which is a traditional Ottoman territory division. Since those inhabitants deny any Serbian rights, roots and connection to Ras, they have long tradition of destroying all the archaeological findings, as well as churches, graveyards, etc..)
The archaeologists believe that only the mystical awe which could be felt on the spot, spared the Dezevsko brdo and the “Valley of Kings” site (where the Serbian royal Nemanjic ruled from.
– Some monuments are great finely carved panels with crosses, the others represent figures of the deceased, and the third ones looks like decorated roof of the house. The most unusual is called “dolphins” because of the huge carved stone blocks in the shape of a fish, one of the oldest symbol of Christianity.
There are vertical, meticulously decorated figures of the monument – Dragica Premović Aleksic explains while we enter into deep shadow of the quiet oak grove.
It shows an amazing sight of densely clustered boulders covered with thick moss that radiate around the altar table under the old oak tree.
A few dozen yards away, at the foot of the hill following the line of trees, a wire fence and a modern cemetery was built
– The new cemetery was erected over the old one. But since the head was a taboo for the people of the surrounding villages, looks like it played a great part in preserving the tradition of the palaces and estates of Nemanjic in the Deževo valley.
This unusual necropolis could be remains of a city cemetery from the medieval period when the Deževska Valley was densely populated – says Dragica Premović Aleksic.