Roman cemetery found near Serbian mammoth graves
|The archaeologists excavate the Roman era graves they have uncovered while working on their excavations of the mammoths who died thousands of years earlier [Credit: AP]|
"We found golden objects in the graves - beads and coins of fine craftsmanship," Korac said.
A few hundred metres away, archaeologists have come across a premise with a rectangular base whose original purpose has yet to be determined.
Korac said it was possible that this part of Viminacium featured workshops that served as a kind of industrial complex.
"It is obvious that life flourished outside the city limits of Viminacium, and now we can say that the city's territory exceeded 450 hectares," Korac said.
|Graves from the the Roman era unearthed close to a spot where the remains of the woolly mammoths were found in Serbia [Credit: AP]|
Viminacium is located in what used to be the delta of the prehistoric Morava River, on the banks of what used to be the Pannonian Sea.
Serbian archaeologists hailed a world-class find, after uncovering the remains of five or six new mammoth skeletons at the dig.
A total of seven skeletons have been found so far at the location, including one found back in 2009, found at Drmno.
Experts believe that either some sort of catastrophe struck a herd, killing all the mammoths in the same place, or the first mammoths' "graveyard" has indeed been found.
Source: Balkan Insight [June 25, 2012]