11. The Archaeology of the Stecak in Ottoman Bosnia
Amila Buturovic [+]
University of York, Canada
The paper explores the way in which Ottoman funerary forms, which had by and large established a standard before the fall of Bosnia in 1463, became reconfigured through their encounter with the mediaeval stećak monoliths. As imperial culture thrived through a rapid process of Islamisation that had a lasting effect on all spheres of life in Bosnia, vernacular practices in the marking of death remained by absorbing and reconfiguring only some aspects of the Ottoman standard. This vernacularisation of the imperial form allowed the local style to re-affirm continuity, in space and time, with the mediaeval funerary culture on the one hand and non-Muslim communities on the other.