Serbian site may have hosted first copper makers

Finds intensify debate over Old World origins of metal production

By Bruce Bower, 12:25 PM June 25, 2010

An archaeological site in southeastern Europe has shown its metal. This ancient settlement contains the oldest securely dated evidence of copper making, from 7,000 years ago, and suggests that copper smelting may been invented in separate parts of Asia and Europe at that time rather than spreading from a single source.

The find extends the known record of copper smelting by about 500 years, an archaeological team headed by Miljana RadivojeviÄ and Thilo Rehren of University College London re...

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