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3 October 2015
Bronze Age burial site discovered in Omsk

Two graves dating back 2,700 years believed to date from the Bronze Age have been discovered in Omsk (southwestern Siberia, Russia) and could be part of an ancient necropolis still lying under the city centre.
     Archeologists are still inspecting the find but they grave is believed to be from the Irmen culture and dates to approximately 700 BCE to 800 BCE. Workmen called in police and archeologists after discovery of the remains of the ancient human remains. One skeleton was buried with a knife and buckle.
     The experts believe the graves are part of the same Bronze Age necropolis that was disturbed 103 years ago when the site was previously excavated during construction of a building that is now being renovated. At this time, five skulls were found along with an arrowhead, knife and buckle.
     In 1959 well-known local historian Andrei Palashenkov claimed this site on a high bank of the Om River was likely the site of an ancient necropolis or settlement, or both.
     The excavations are held by the employees of Omsk branch of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography SB RAS, headed by Dr Mikhail Korusenko.

Edited from The Siberian Times (29 September 2015)

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