BELGRADE/PROKUPLJE – At the Neolithic site “Plocnik” near Prokuplje archaeologists found a metal ring, estimated to be old about 7,000 years, from the period of the beginning of metallurgy in the world, reported Serbian daily Blic.

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English archaeologist Ben Roberts, said that the first appearance of use of metals in the world was registers in Serbia, at sites “Plocnik” and “Belovode”. When the production of metal began and in what way the first metal was produced are issues discussed in the last 200 years, he added.

He also said that they are expecting to find the answer based on the findings at “Plocnik”.

The ring was found in one of several houses from the Neolithic period, discovered last year by archaeologists, and now archaeological research of its interior continued.

Roberts is part of the team of experts from the areas of archaeology, archaeometallurgy and isotopic analysis, from Italy and England, participating In the archaeological research at “Plocnik”, started few days ago. The team is led by archaeologists Julka Kuzmanovic-Cvetkovic and Dusan Sljivarev.

Julka Kuzmanovic-Cvetkovic said that soon an experimental test of the production of metal is planned, in a way it was done in the Neolithic period, 7,000 years ago, as well as detailed analysis of the metal ring found on Friday.

Archaeological research at the site will last for a month, and in mid-August the team will be joined by their colleagues from Russia, Thailand, China, Germany and Spain.