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IMMOVABLE CULTURAL MONUMENTS DATA BASE
Name: Čelarevo – Čip Forest (Čipska šuma)
Municipality: Bačka Palanka
Location (place, town, city): Čelarevo
Institute: Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia
Regional institute: Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, Novi Sad
CR No.: AS 109
Date of inscription in the CR: 22.12.1993
Category: NCM of outstanding value
Type: Archaeological sites
Year/period of construction: 8th and 9th centuries

The Čipska šuma site is on a alluvial terrace, 500m from the left bank of the Danube, near Čelarevo (Bačka, Vojvodina). Since 1972, archaeological excavations have revealed about 650 graves on a burial site dating from the late 8th and early 9th century, where three different population members were buried at the same time.
The site characteristic by the graves featuring Judaic culture, where fragments of Roman brick were found with patterns of a seven-branched candelabrum (menorah), etrog and lulav carved on a later date. Few inscriptions on the brick fragments were deciphered as Jehuda or Yahweh and Israel. A separate group of graves are those of horsemen, where alongside the body, decorated with a rich leather belt, also a horse was buried, as sacrifice in a ritual. Slavs were buried with modest objects alongside, and also urns with cremated bodies were found.
South to the burial site, along the loess border, some 4km long, there used to be a settlement where several goldsmith’s workshops were excavated.