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An island of ancient people was found on Russky Island

The expedition under the auspices of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) discovered an ancient people's residence on Russky Island, the press service of the university reports.

Boyarin Bay on Russky Island became the place of work for an international archaeological expedition conducted by the Educational and Scientific Museum of the Far Eastern Federal University. Here employees and students of the university, specialists from other organizations and volunteers are engaged in the study of an ancient archaeological site from 4,5 to 6 thousand years old. Not far from the coast, scientists have discovered the so-called "shell heap" or, in other words, "kitchen heap", in which the remains of ancient people's everyday life - a fireplace, dishes, weapons, food and even jewelry - have been uniquely preserved. On August 15, on the International Day of the Archaeologist, the expedition members showed their amazing finds to the media and talked about their work.

We can assume that this place was a seasonal camp for people of different archaeological cultures for many hundreds of years. They left behind an ancient garbage dump, which archaeologists call a “shell heap,” said the head of the expedition, director of the FEFU Educational and Scientific Museum Alexander Popov. “This object is unique, because it allowed preserving objects made of bone and that organic material that we would not be able to find in other conditions,” added Alexander Popov.

The archaeological expedition on Russky Island started on 28 July and will last until 22 August. Three weeks later, the participants of the excavation can already guess how the ancient people settled on the coast of the present Primorye and why they came here.

Our findings reflect how ancient people adapted. There are various hunting-related items - arrowheads, spears, harpoons, skin scrapers. Almost all of them are made of stone. Of particular interest are two beads - bone and obsidian. The polished inner surface suggests that they were worn on a lace, '' Boris Lazin, a postgraduate student of the FEFU School of Humanities, has shown to journalists already extracted from the shell heap of antiquity. - Ceramics testifies that people brought utensils with them and used them for cooking.

The main task of the expedition is scientific research, so students of different courses and FEFU Schools are maximally involved in it. Bachelors, masters, graduate students and even university entrants are working on the excavation. Along with young scientists from FEFU, undergraduates from Ecuador take part in the expedition on Russky Island.

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