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01 August 2018, 18:08

Amulet made in 3rd millennium B.C. discovered in Belarus

MINSK, 1 August (BelTA) – An amulet dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C. was found by archeologists on the Krivinsky peatland near Beshenkovichi, Vitebsk Oblast, BelTA learned from head of the expedition from the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Maksim Chernyavsky.

The archeologists 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 archeological 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,” Maksim Chernyavsky said.

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 archeologists carry out digs on this place every year and find ancient items here every time.

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