Destination Marketing and Management Organization

Cluster of Cultural Routes Projekti Mining Rout. The Balkans: Cradle of Metallurgy
Mining Rout. The Balkans: Cradle of Metallurgy

Mining Rout. The Balkans: Cradle of Metallurgy

22.Jun.2014 by Filip Kunjadić - Ćulibrk

Results from laboratory tests at Britain’s Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgic Studies indicate that the current territory of modern-day Serbia constitutes the cradle of world metallurgy. The first metals were smelted seven thousand years ago in the district of the village Veliko Laole, on the site of today’s Belovode. Ore was mined at the nearby mining site Rudna Glava (“Ore Head”), and refined at Belovode. It is thought that Pločnik, a village in the municipality of modern-day Prokuplje, was once a kind of enormous, pre-historic industrial center. One can even climb into the interesting old mine shafts in the rock formation, Đavolja Varoš (“Devil’s Town”). By including the Serbian mining town Bor on this itinerary —the home of the Museum of Mining and Metallurgy, the quirky, underground Mining Café in the Bor mine, and the mines at Aleksinac and Knjaževac — this cultural route becomes an incredible journey through the development of mining from prehistoric to modern times.


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