Context is everything: comments on Radivojević et al. (2013)

  title={Context is everything: comments on Radivojevi{\'c} et al. (2013)},
  author={Du{\vs}ko {\vS}ljivar and Du{\vs}an Bori{\'c}},
  pages={1310 - 1315}
These comments are in response to Radivojević et al. (2013) who claim that a small foil object identified as tin bronze (11.7 per cent tin), found at the Late Neolithic and Early Copper Age site of Pločnik in southern Serbia, comes from an undisturbed context of the Vinča culture settlement. The object was used as the central piece of evidence to argue for the first appearance of tin bronze production in Eurasia (and presumably the world). This object is compared to 14 other objects… 
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