EARLY BRONZE AGE SITE (4,000 YEARS OLD) FOUND IN SOUTHERN SERBIA
A team of experts from the Archeological Institute of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (SANU) and the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade have
discovered necropolis located at the Maniste dig in the village of Ranutovac, three
kilometers north of Vranje, on the route of Corridor 10.
Aleksandar Bulatovic, the coordinator of a project of archeological research and preservation on the Corridor 10 route, said the necropolis contained remains of the deceased who were burned in funeral pyres.
"The necropolis dates back to the Early Bronze Age - based on our initial assessments between 2,000 and 1,800 BC, and it is significant because it is the only fully preserved necropolis from this period in the central Balkans," he explained.
"At the same site, we found multiple ceramic objects, which look quite unusual for this area, and several containers whose use is unknown," said Bulatovic. The archeological material is being processed at the National Museum in Vranje, where it will later be exhibited.
The Serbian section of Corridor 10, stretching from Grabovnica near Leskovac
to Presevo on the Macedonian border, has 33 registered archeological sites,
five of which are yet to be explored.