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5,000-year-old snake-head amulet discovered in Belarus


An amulet dating back to the 3rd millennium BC was found by archaeologists on the Krivinsky peatland near Beshenkovichi, Vitebsk Oblast, said local news sources.

5,000-year-old snake-head amulet discovered in Belarus
Credit: Belarus News
The archaeologists are carrying out digs of the Osovets-2 site dating back to the Middle Neolithic, the Later Neolithic and the Bronze Age. The site is located near the village of Osovets in Beshenkovichi District. It is one of ten archaeological sites of the Krivinsky Peat Settlements.

“We are studying a cultural layer. We keep finding many things – pottery fragments, flint flakes used to make flake tools, items from bones and flake. Yesterday night we came across a fragment of a zoomorphic amulet in the form of a snake head, presumably a natrix. Today we have discovered a fragment of an amber button and a bone flute. All these finds date back to approximately mid-3rd millennium before Christ, in other words, they were made some 4,500 years ago,” said Maksim Chernyavsky, head of the expedition from the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

The Krivinsky Peat Settlements date back to the Neolithic and the Bronze Age. A layer of peat covers unique wooden and bone items, amulets and amber. Belarusian archaeologists carry out digs at this site every year and find ancient items here every time.

Source: Belarus News [August 02, 2018]

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