The past 10 years in Serbia were marked by numerous research on Bronze Age sites and necropolises, which resulted in the formation of new narratives on the distribution of settlements and necropolises, copper processing technologies, and issues in chronology, that were previously represented by various debates. The Institute of Archaeology in Belgrade was at the forefront of research, with the priorities set towards the revision excavations of renowned sites such as Bubanj and Velika Humska Čuka, collection of samples for new absolute dates, new tendencies on Bronze Age metallurgy in northeastern Serbia, tin sources in western Serbia, and the collection of samples of copper and tin from bronze artifacts in the Central Balkans. The newly discovered copper smelting installations and the acquired knowledge of possible tin exploitation are on the way to further define the role that the prehistoric communities in Serbia had within the European Bronze Age.
Aleksandar Bulatović was born in Travnik, former Yugoslavia in 1970. Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade in 1996, and defended master and PhD thesis in 2005, and 2008. He is working at the Institute of Archaeology in Belgrade since 2006. Director of numerous excavations of prehistoric and multilayered sites in Serbia. His narrow scientific interests are in the field of the cultural interactions within the Balkan peninsula in the Metal Ages, the absolute chronology of the Eneolithic and Bronze Age in the Balkans, the spiritual culture of the Balkan population in Prehistory. Aleksandar Bulatović is a co-director of international projects Prehistoric Landscapes of the Pusta Reka region (Leskovac) (with Prof. Barbara Horejs, Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna) and Archaeological Investigation of the Settlement Systems, Burial Customs, and Mining Resources in the Bronze Age of Northwestern Serbia (with Vojislav Fiipović and prof. Wayne Powell, Brooklyn College, New York, USA). Elected as a Research Associate of the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center, New York, US in 2016. He is a principal investigator of the project THE FLOW - Interactions-Transmission-Transformation: Long-distance connections in Copper and Bronze Age of the Central Balkans, funded by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (Grant No. 7750074) since 2022. Author of nine monographs and over 150 papers.
Aleksandar Kapuran was born in Belgrade in 1965. He graduated in the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade in 1993 and finished his master and PhD studies in 2008 and 2011. Associate of the Institute of Archaeology in Belgrade since 2006. Member of numerous excavation teams on prehistoric, antique, and medieval sites. In 2018 he became the director of the international project Bronze Age in north-eastern Serbia – metallurgy, settlements and necropolises, which is conducted as a cooperation between the Institute of Archaeology in Belgrade, and the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Austrian Academy of Science (former Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology). In 2022 he became a senior team member on THE FLOW project: Interactions-Transmission-Transformation: Long-distance connections in Copper and Bronze Age of the Central Balkans, funded by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (Grant No. 7750074). Author of more than 100 scientific papers and 7 monographs.