We have a few whole skeletons, it is an exceptional find.
Snezana Stankovic from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments
The startling discovery was made in a quarry near the town of Arandjelovac in Serbia close to the Vencac mountain.
The team of archaeologists told local media that the necropolis contained 22 graves of people who lived in the area between the fourth and sixth centuries.
The skeletons were buried in typical Roman fashion with the bodies laid northwest to southeast and the proximity of the graves to each other reportedly shows a well-arranged necropolis.
Snezana Stankovic from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments told local media: «We have a few whole skeletons, it is an exceptional find.»
Local media report that each grave contained objects that provided clues about the lives of those that are buried on the site.
Slavica Djordjevic from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments told reporters that earrings, head accessories, glass objects and a variety of ceramics had been found in the graves.
The fertile valley where the graves were discovered provided a suitable settlement during Roman times and the findings will give new insights into life in the region during the Roman period, according to reports.
A necropolis is a large, designed cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments.