June 20, 2012 8:57
For the first time researchers have found a mass grave of a herd of mammoths, which is located in what is now Serbia. The strongest driving rain, which took place at the beginning of last week, revealed the remains of at least 6 mammoths in open pit mine near the village Kostolak, east of Belgrade. This area is close to another area, where a few years ago, archaeologists found the remains of two other mammoths.
Miomir Korak (Miomir Korac), director of the Archaeological Project Viminacium, said that this discovery was a real surprise to scientists. The name of the project comes from the name Viminacium Roman administrative center on the banks of the Danube.
Archaeologists first learned one part of the remains of giant mammoths that were damaged mining equipment. However, later heavy rain washed away part of the sand layer, facilitating the work of researchers.
A team of scientists led by Korak plans to use special hardware to better understand what lies beneath the surface, and see whether there are other bones.
We're going to use every possible means and tools to clean the bones from the sand, which will help us learn a lot about the age of mammoths, "- he says.
Korak said that the site has an area of 20,000 square kilometers and was once part of the island in the Pannonian Sea, the site of which today are the most fertile lands of Hungary, northern Serbia, and Croatia.
The first prehistoric skeleton was discovered at this site in 2009. The bones belonged to a female mammoth who was named Vic. Another mammoth skeleton, but the later period has been found in Serbia, but in another place, in 1996. This mammoth called Kika.
After these two mammoth bones were dug, the scientists were able to estimate that their age may range from 100,000 to 1 million years.
"Places like this are found nowhere else on the planet" — said Korak. He added that such a finding is invaluable for science. On this site will operate international group of paleontologists, archaeologists and Paleozoology to learn more about the life of a million years ago. This area consists mainly of loose sand, which is also a great success, as it can better preserve ancient remains.