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Archaeologists Stumble On Sensational Find (7,500 YO Metal Tools)
B92 ^ | 10-4-2007

Posted on 10/04/2007 8:12:12 AM PDT by blam

Archaeologists stumble on sensational find

4 October 2007

Prokuplje -- Serbian archaeologists found evidence of the what could be the oldest metal workshop in all of Europe.

According to National Museum archaeologist Dušan Šljivar, experts found a “copper chisel and stone ax at a location near Prokuplje in which the foundation has proven to be 7,500 years old, leading us to believe that it was one of the first places in which metal weapons and tools were made in prehistory.”

Archaeologists hope that this find in southern Serbia will prove the theory that the metal age began a lot earlier than it was believed to have, Šljivar told Beta news agency. He leads the team of archaeologists that have been investigating the site over the past decade.

Šljivar said that this finding, along with 40 similarly valuable ones before it, among which there were more parts of metal tools and weapons, as well as a smelter and furnace, prove that man on this territory began working with metal more than 5,000 years before the new era.

Prokuplje Museum archaeologist Julka Kuzmanović-Cvetković said that the site “shows that the people living on our territory started a civilization that presented the basics of the technological revolution.”

“We want to prove that the site was a metal works centre in the central part of the Balkans,” she said.

The Ministry of Culture has set aside some EUR 12,500 for this year's excavation at the site near Prokuplje, called Pločnik.

Šljivar said that these funds have enabled experts to investigate with more detail the 25 square meters and find new specimens.

Pločnik was uncovered accidentally in 1927 while the Niš-Priština railway was being built and has been actively investigated with great interest since 1996 by Serbian and international experts.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeologists; godsgravesglyphs; metal; tools; workshop

1 posted on 10/04/2007 8:12:16 AM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 10/04/2007 8:12:39 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
(7,500 YO Metal Tools)

Article mentions one metal tool. Were others found and not included in the article? Maybe a copper chisel was good for something seventy five years ago but I wonder what they did with it.

3 posted on 10/04/2007 8:26:11 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: blam

Old day labor site.


4 posted on 10/04/2007 8:42:58 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: FreePaul; blam
“We want to prove that the site was a metal works centre in the central part of the Balkans,” she said.

If the site was a smithy there should be a great deal more evidence on the site than one copper chisel.

This may be a poor translation or the archaeologist may have a poor grasp of English but a scientist saying “we want to prove” bothers me. Perhaps it would be better to say we expect to prove or it is our hypothesis that this site was a metal works centre in the central part of the Balkans.

I know it is anal of me:)

5 posted on 10/04/2007 8:47:34 AM PDT by Pontiac (uNFORTU)
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To: Pontiac

someone dropped a cheap copper chisel into an old post hole, and 75 years later, someone digs it up.


6 posted on 10/04/2007 8:52:12 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: FreePaul

“...this finding, along with 40 similarly valuable ones before it, among which there were more parts of metal tools and weapons,...”

Apparently there were other tools, just not complete ones. No mention of what kind of tools, either. Typical.


7 posted on 10/04/2007 8:55:01 AM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: Pontiac
“we want to prove” bothers me....I know it is anal of me:)

Not at all. The "we want to prove" is a tactic used by some of the current "scientists" working on things such as global warming. It is contrary to a scientific approach.

8 posted on 10/04/2007 8:56:07 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: blam
copper chisel and stone ax at a location near Prokuplje in which the foundation has proven to be 7,500 years old

7000 year old writing found in Bulgaria next door to Serbia

9 posted on 10/04/2007 9:00:38 AM PDT by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck.)
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10 posted on 10/04/2007 9:17:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 27, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

We want to prove that the site was a metal works centre
***I don’t like to see bias becoming part of the archaeology repertoire.


11 posted on 10/04/2007 9:24:38 AM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Kevmo
I don’t like to see bias becoming part of the archaeology repertoire.

I don't either. These guys are just trying to make prehistory.

12 posted on 10/04/2007 9:40:40 AM PDT by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: mjp

Neat, thanks for the link.


13 posted on 10/04/2007 9:46:05 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam; All

Comment #9 ping

With this exciting find dated around 7500 years ago, I wonder if it dates before or after the eruption of Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake). This eruption left a crater 6 miles in diameter, compared with Pinitubo’s 3 mile diameter crater. Cubed this would mean about 16 times as much atmosphere disrupting dust causing weird world-wide weather. And it was also much more in the Northern Hemisphere. I have theorized that this event may have led to weird weather that was a source for some of the flood legends. Remember our own 500 year flood in the Mississippi watershed. If my theory is correct, this could have really pulled the plug on promising developing civilizations of that period. Food shortages, raids, warfare, destruction and all that stuff.

Incidently, wasn’t a large copper implement found with the Iceman at about 5000 years ago?


14 posted on 10/04/2007 9:52:14 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin
"Incidently, wasn’t a large copper implement found with the Iceman at about 5000 years ago?"

A copper axe and I've read that that discover moved the 'Copper Age' back by 1,000 years.

Oetzi, 5,300 years old.

15 posted on 10/04/2007 10:17:30 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

If all the implements were copper then that marke what is clalled in the books, the Chalcolithic Age. It seems that “copper” is hard for archaeologists to say.


16 posted on 10/04/2007 10:32:02 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: blam

dig more and they might find a tupperware dish


17 posted on 10/04/2007 11:37:37 AM PDT by fso301
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To: SunkenCiv

very good.


18 posted on 10/04/2007 4:27:25 PM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: gleeaikin

Metal tools of any kind had to be on the expensive side to own in those days.
I’ve always wondered if having such things left laying around long enough to get buried with junk items and debris points to a raid or other sort of calamitous site destruction.


19 posted on 10/04/2007 4:35:58 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: gleeaikin

“Remember our own 500 year flood in the Mississippi watershed.”

Where is that on the timeline in comparison with the Anastazi?


20 posted on 10/04/2007 9:13:24 PM PDT by dsc (There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke)
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To: blam

Wow, excellent find!!


21 posted on 10/04/2007 10:26:35 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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