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‘Bonehenge’: Stone Age structure of mammoth bones discovered in Russia

Humans 17 March 2020 By Michael Marshall A circular structure made of Stone Age mammoth bones may have been used for rituals or food storageA J E PryorA prehistoric circle made almost entirely of mammoth bones has been found in Russia. The “bonehenge” was built near the peak of the last glacial period, but it…



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17 March 2020

By Michael Marshall

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A circular structure made of Stone Age mammoth bones may have been used for rituals or food storage

A J E Pryor

A prehistoric circle made almost entirely of mammoth bones has been found in Russia. The “bonehenge” was built near the peak of the last glacial period, but it isn’t clear why.

Stone Age people made many bone circles in eastern Europe and northern Asia in the last 22,000 years. One of the best-known sites is Kostenki 11, south of Voronezh in Russia. Two circles of mammoth bones were found there in 1951 and 1970, and have been studied …

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