Olovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Stećci TOMBSTONES

Tombstones speak of the lives and times of the people in which they lived, buried, and the condition of tombstones today speaks of the attitude towards them, and the lives and culture of the current population. Stećci are a phenomenon that has attracted attention since the very beginning of scientific work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and their popularity is no less today. Stećci with an inscription that are known from before are: one stećak with an inscription on the necropolis in Lavšići (Lišci), one in Kamenska and two stećak tombstones in Jelaške.

Ornamental on lead stećak tombstones indicate the existence of a special art school. Much of it is well carved, and most do not have a consistently implemented orientation. The origin of these stećak tombstones dates from the end of the 14th to the end of the 15th century, with the majority belonging to the first half of the 15th century. To date, 6 stećak tombstones with inscriptions have been registered in the Olovo area. Of these, 4 are the result of research from an earlier period, while two stećak tombstones were found in the 21st century. Numerous traces, ie material cultural monuments, testify to the rich past of Olovo and its surroundings even today. As many as 13 cultural monuments from the Olovo municipality have been included in the list of national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is especially important to emphasize that among the 20 necropolises of stećak tombstones in Bosnia and Herzegovina inscribed on the World Heritage List is the necropolis “Mramor” in Musići.