4,000 year-old necropolis found in South Serbia

4,000 year-old necropolis found in South 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 an Early-Bronze-Age necropolis in the vicinity of Vranje.The necropolis is located at the Maniste dig in the village of Ranutovac, three kilometers north of Vranje, on the route of Corridor X. Aleksandar Bulatovic, the coordinator of a project of preservation on the Corridor X route, told 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," said Bulatovic.It is the most important discovery made to date on the Corridor X route, he said. "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 X, stretching from Grabovnica near Leskovac to Presevo on the Macedonian border, has 33 registered archeological sites, five of which are yet to be explored.