Monday, October 13, 2008

Copper Age in Balkans begins about 5th Millennium BC

Belgrade - Serbian archaeologists say a 7 500-year-old copper axe found at a Balkan site shows the metal was used in the Balkans hundreds of years earlier than previously thought. The find near the Serbian town of Prokuplje shifts the timeline of the Copper Age and the Stone Age's neolithic period, archaeologist Julka Kuzmanovic-Cvetkovic told the independent Beta news agency.

The Copper Age marks the first stage of humans' use of metal. It is thought to have started in about the 4th millennium BC in southeastern Europe and earlier in the Middle East. Archaeologists at the Plocnik site also found furnace and melting pots with traces of copper, suggesting the site may have been an important metal age
center of the Balkans.

"All this undeniably proves that human civilization in this area produced metal in the 5th millennium BC," said archaeologist Dusan Sljivar.

Vinca culture flourished from 6th to 3rd millennium BC in present-day Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia. Its name came from the village Vinca on the Danube river, some 14 kilometres downstream from Belgrade.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_2405843,00.html

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