Bronze Age necropolis uncovered in Serbia

June 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM
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VRANJE, Serbia, June 18 (UPI) -- Serbian archaeologists say a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age necropolis was unearthed during road construction work near Vranje, 170 miles south of Belgrade.

The site contains the remains of individuals burned in funeral pyres, Aleksandar Bulatovic, the coordinator of a project of archaeological research and preservation on the road construction route, told the Tanjug Serbian news agency.

"The necropolis dates back to the Early Bronze Age -- based on our initial assessments between 2,000 and 1,800 B.C. -- and it is significant because it is the only fully preserved necropolis from this period in the central Balkans," Bulatovic said.

"At the same site, we found multiple ceramic objects, which look quite unusual for this area, and several containers whose use is unknown," Bulatovic said, noting those archaeological artifacts are being processed at the National Museum in Vranje where they will later be exhibited.

The so-called Corridor 10 highway route, stretching from Grabovnica near Leskovac to Presevo on the Macedonian border, has 33 registered archaeological sites, five of which are yet to be explored, Tanjug reported.

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