Camels from Roman Imperial Sites in Serbia

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Camels from Roman Imperial Sites in Serbia


S1-3, Old World Camelids, poster



Remains of one and two-humped camels have occasionally been found in Roman provincial sites throughout the Empire. This poster presents for the first time camel remains identified in Roman deposits in Serbia. The remains originate from Viminacium, the capital of Roman province Moesia and from the 3rd-4th century villa rustica in the locality of Vranj, in the province of Pannonia. In Viminacium, they were found in the 4th century dump, near the Eastern necropolis of the city, and in the 3rd century layers, between the walls of the amphitheatre. In order to conclude whether those bones belonged to C. dromerdarius or C. bactrianus, measurements and morphology of our specimens were compared with camel bones found at other provincial sites in the vicinity, and with modern specimens. Unlike the examples from surrounding provinces, majority of our specimens belong to the Bactrian camel. The role of those camels was also discussed: whether they were used in public games (ludi), for military purposes, or as transportation animals.


VUKOVIĆ Sonja1 and BLAŽIĆ Svetlana2


1 Institute of archaeology, Viminacium Project, Knez Mihajlova 35, 11000 Beograd, Serbia,
2 Museum of Vojvodina, Dunavska 35-37, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia,


Vuković, Sonja
Blažić, Svetlana


August 2010

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Vuković, Sonja and Blažić, Svetlana. "Camels from Roman Imperial Sites in Serbia ," in BoneCommons, Item #1636, (accessed July 2, 2020).


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