Institute of Archaeology


Varna, Bodrogkeresztúr and the development of formal cemeteries in the Carpathian Basin

30 October 2023, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

UCL Institute of Archaeology (building exterior). Image: Lisa Daniel

The fourth seminar in the UCL Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series for Term I, 2023-24 will be given by Ulrike Sommer on 30 October.

This event is free.

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World Archaeology Section


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom


During the Neolithic and most of the Chalcolithic period, there are no formal cemeteries in Southeast Europe. There are occasional burials in settlement pits, often in a crouched position, but the majority of the corpses were disposed of in a way that left no archaeological traces. The first cemetery known developed in Durankulak at around in the context of the Hamangia culture, followed by the famous Varna cemeteries at about 4400 BC. Slightly later, formal cemeteries also appear in Romania and Hungary. In this lecture, I will discuss the Bodrogkeresztúr cemetery of Urziceni-Vamă, excavated since 2003 by Cristian Virag, this summer with the help of UCL-undergraduates, and the potential links of this new type of mortuary ritual with hunter-gatherer populations north of the Danube.

UCL Institute of Archaeology Research Seminars Programme | Term I, 2023-24

The Term I seminar series will again highlight current Institute of Archaeology research. These are scheduled to be in-person events; where speakers have agreed, a recording may be made available afterwards.

Mondays, 5pm 

[6 November: Reading Week - no seminar]