The four "idols" lying around the scull appear to be guards and companions. This is a female's burial. Maybe one of a priestess, since there are plenty of ornaments.
As a rule, body-laying is oriented along the four cardinal points. The heads point to the north. That is to say, they "look on to" the North. Males were buried in a straight position, lying on their backs, while females were laid sideways with their knees drawn up. Lake Town's inhabitants believed in after life. Their idols were not only symbols of fertility, as one can read in some books. They had a much larger "sphere of action". Had this not been the case, there must have been no reason for them to be found in a tomb.
The necropolis of Lake Town is one of the largest prehistoric necropolises in the world. As many as 1 204 tombs have been unearthed so far. The burial place had been in continuous use from the second half of the Neolith up to the late Neolithic-Chalcholithic Period (5 500 - 4 100 B.C.).
During the excavation and investigation work at the site some important evidence was discovered about the prehistoric cultures of Hamangia, Sava and Varna.
"tomb No 626 containing idols in its inventory: late New Stone Age (the beginning of the 5th millennium B.C.) - culture Hamangia III."
Last update made on 30-10-2007
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