Death in the line of duty: late medieval burials at the site of Lepenski Vir, Serbia
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 17, Issue 6, pages 635–642, November/December 2007
How to Cite
Roksandic, M., Wood, C. and Vlak, D. (2007), Death in the line of duty: late medieval burials at the site of Lepenski Vir, Serbia. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 17: 635–642. doi: 10.1002/oa.914
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 15 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 29 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Received: 14 JUN 2006
- sharp force trauma;
- late medieval Balkans
Four late medieval burials were excavated at the site of Lepenski Vir in the Iron Gates Gorge, Serbia. One of the individuals, Lepenski Vir 62, exhibits evidence of a sharp-force trauma on the left parietal, consistent with a combat wound. None of the other contemporaneous individuals show any evidence of trauma or other pathology on the few preserved bones. We argue that the skeletons belong to soldiers involved in the border warfare on the Danube which was quite common at the end of the 14th and the first half of the 15th century between Serbian, Hungarian and Turkish forces. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.