Prehistoric findings from Kotor region

Among numerous stone tumuli (mounds) scattered around the hills of Boka Kotorska Bay, two have always attracted special attention. Contrary to the others, they are located almost in the centre of Tivat Plain. They are popularly called “Mala gruda” and “Velika gruda”, while such mounds are usually called “gomila” (heap).

Praistorijski nalazi sa područja Kotora
Legend has it that the heaps were created as a result of the stoning of offenders, because of which they are also called «proklete gomile» (damned heaps). This is, probably, the reason why they have remained intact until our times.

Mala gruda

Archaeological excavations in the area of the “Mala gruda” were being carried out during 1970 and 1971. Its height in the centre is around 4 metres and its diameter is around 20 metres. The excavations proved that burials on this site had been practiced at the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. More >>

Velika gruda

Archaeological excavations at the “Velika gruda” tumulus were being carried out during the period of three years, i.e. 1988, 1989 and 1990, with the former Municipal Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage as the lead authority in cooperation with the Zürich University Department of Pre- and Protohistory (Switzerland), which published a two-volume book on this important site in 1996. More >>