A mammoth tusk in the Stone Age ‘kill site/artist illustration of a woolly mammoth (ASFiNAG/iStock/Aunt_Spray)
Archaeologists in Austria have discovered a gruesome ‘kill site’ where Stone Age people slaughtered mammoths.
The site, which was found during the construction of a new bypass in Drasenhofen to the Czech border, contains huge tusks and bones. The remains have been dated to between 18,000 and 28,000 years ago.
“This Paleolithic ‘kill site’ is the first in Austria that has been excavated and analysed according to the latest methods,” said Martin Krenn, the austrian Monuments Office, in a statement. “It gives us a sensational view of the way of life of the Paleolithic people.”
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Tools have also been discovered at the excavation site, giving clear evidence of human ancestors, as well as other animal remains.
A mammoth tusk in the Stone Age ‘kill site’ (ASFiNAG)
The ‘kill-site’ covers 172 square meters.
In a statement, road construction and management company ASFiNAG noted that in the vicinity of the tombs are attributed to the ancient Europeans, which is known as the bell beaker people. The culture is named after the use of the vessels that resemble an inverted bell. The cemetery is believed to date from about 2600 B. C. To 2200 B. C.
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An early bronze age settlement, dating from about 2300 B. C. 1800 B. C. is also found in the area, which is probably linked to the cemetery. Some of the storage pits and the remains of houses discovered, including a large building, measuring 65.6 metres by 20 metres.
(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
The ‘kill site’ is the latest discovery to shed fascinating new light on the prehistoric era. The perfectly preserved remains of a now extinct prehistoric horse, for example, were recently discovered in the permafrost in the Siberian region of Yakutia.
Scientists are analyzing the remains, estimated to be 30,000 to 40,000 years old, in an attempt to clone the animal.
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Other remarkable finds were made in Siberia. In 2013, 40,000 year old wooly mammoth carcass was excavated at a distance Maly Lyakhovsky Island in Northern Siberia. The well-preserved remains, in combination with the developments in genetic research, fueled debate about whether the extinct creature could be cloned.
File photos deconstruct the skeleton of a woolly mammoth in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington.
(AP Photo/The Washington Post, Linda Davidson)
Earlier this year, a petrified “pygmy” wooly mammoth was discovered in Siberia Kotelny Island, which experts say may be a new species.
In 2015, the well-preserved remains of long extinct cave lion cubs were also found in Siberia. The discovery was the first time that the man had eyes on the species in more than 10,000 years old.
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Earlier this year, an extremely rare mammoth bone was found on a beach in Scotland.
In 2012, there is an almost complete skeleton of a woolly mammoth was found in France, to the great delight of the archaeologists.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, Walt Bonner and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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