Celestial Symbolism of the Vučedol Culture

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Abstract

The ornamental art of the Late Copper Age Vučedol culture is outstanding. The consistent use of starlike motifs and their arrangement might symbolize cosmological notions which show surprising similarities with the Eurasian belief system involving the starry sky.

Keywords

Burial Eurasia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Magistratum StudioDunaföldvárHungary

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