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Burials dating to 4th millennium BC discovered during Aksay bypass construction in Rostov Region


Archaeologists have found an ancient burial ground in an area where a future bypass around Aksay in Russia's Rostov region is planned. The scientists speculated that it could be a 1,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids, Russian state company Avtodor-Toll Roads that commissioned the excavation, stated Thursday.

Burials dating to 4th millennium BC discovered during Aksay bypass construction in Rostov Region
Credit: Russian Highways


"During the excavation, archaeologists found the most ancient burial ground on the Don [river], which is believed to date back to the fourth millennium BC," the company said in a press release.

Burials dating to 4th millennium BC discovered during Aksay bypass construction in Rostov Region
Credit: Russian Highways


According to the announcement, the archaeologists have discovered burials beneath circular stone structures. In addition, well preserved vases and the remains of horse bridles were found. In the course of the excavations, copper tools were also discovered, which may indicate that people of high social status were buried here.

Burials dating to 4th millennium BC discovered during Aksay bypass construction in Rostov Region
Credit: Russian Highways
The ancient barrow, where the excavation was taking place, has long been known to experts. The site even appeared on 19th-century maps under the name of 'Figurine'. However, archaeologists had not been able to explore the site for many years due to the absence of the necessary funding, which was finally allocated once the Aksay bypass project launched.

Source: Sputnik News [August 10, 2018]

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