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Construction works unearth Stone Age relics in Moscow


Archaeologists have uncovered rare 5,000-year old stone tools in Moscow during the city’s ongoing construction project to renovate pedestrian zones, the mayor’s office said on Friday.

Construction works unearth Stone Age relics in Moscow
A cutter of the Neolithic period found on the street in Moscow 
[Credit: © Moscow Mayor official website]
The scientists discovered a stone cutter from the Neolithic era (5,000-3,000 BC) on Sretenka Street and a fragment of a scraper of the Mesolithic era (7,000 BC) on Pokrovsky Boulevard.

"This ancient finding is very important for archaeologists. It confirms our theory that these territories had been developed as far back as prehistoric times. We understand that this area was inhabited by ancient peoples long before any streets and houses were built here," Head of Moscow’s Cultural Heritage Department Alexei Yemelyanov said.

Construction works unearth Stone Age relics in Moscow
A fragment of a Mesolithic scraper found on the street in Moscow 
[Credit: © Moscow Mayor official website]
Both objects were found in layers of the 16th and 17th centuries, leading to the conclusion that the artefacts came to the surface by chance or during building works carried out sometime between 1500 and 1600.

Recently, fragments of two stone axes from the Bronze Age were also found during constriction works in the vicinity of Zaryadye park. 

Construction works unearth Stone Age relics in Moscow
Fragments of two stone axes recently discovered near a Moscow park 
[Credit: © Moscow Mayor official website]
Specialists will study the finds, which may be later handed over to a museum to be featured in exhibitions devoted to Moscow’s archaeology.

Source: TASS [June 17, 2017]
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