Interior Design

The interior design of the houses at Lepenski Vir is not only unmatched, but there is no agreement between scientists regarding the usability of some of the interior structures and objects. These objects include stones arranged in a square shape, sculptures, tables, altars, and triangles which were all built into the hardened floors. While most of the researchers try to use religion and cultural beliefs as possible points of explanation, one can also argue that if the houses were the dwellings of the locals, then they must have had functions beyond just fulfilling rituals for the dead and the gods.

One of the most controversial interior design element is the fireplace. It is in the shape of an elongated rectangle built using large rectangular blocks of stone on the long axis of the floor plan. It is further extended using a stone block in order to create a type of small shrine towards the back of the house. The shrines were found to be curved sculptures with decorations made from carvings of river stones and which may have represented ancestors or gods.

The houses also have a shallow circular shape that is placed in the exact middle. Its function is not yet known, but scientists argue that it may have represented some type of altar. There are fireplaces which have been argued as being used for ritual purposes because of the impracticality of the fireplace to get rid of the smoke. The houses had a pebble stone placed its geometrical centre. Since the other objects have been perceived as arranged in a manner that represents the head, researchers argue that this stone represented the head while others think of the stone as serving a primitive form of a lamp. Some researchers believe them to be foundations for pillars for holding the roof.

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