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Serbian archaeologists have chanced on what they believe may be the first "graveyard" of a herd of mammoths in eastern Serbia.
|The remains of mammoths found in Viminacijum, Photo by Beta|
Serbian archaeologists are hailing a world-class find, after uncovering the remains of five or six new mammoth skeletons at a dig at the Viminacium site in eastern Serbia.
Miomir Korac, director of the Archeological Project Viminacium, which is named after the Roman provincial capital along the Danube River, said that they were now combing the area in search of more.
"We are using all the technology at our disposal to discover what is out there, but we are not psychic and we do not know what to expect," Korac said.
Korac, who has departed for France to consult on the discovery, described the find as "a global sensation and most likely the first mammoths' graveyard to be found anywhere in the world".
A total of seven skeletons have been found so far at the location, including one found back in 2009, found at Drmno.
Those bones belonged to a female mammoth that has been named Vika. Experts determined that Vika drowned in swamp mud. Since then, archeologists have kept on finding new bones at every 30 metres or so.
Vimminacium is located in what used to be the delta of the prehistoric Morava River, on the banks of what used to be the Pannonian Sea.
Experts believe that either some sort of catastrophe struck a herd, killing all the mammoths in the same place, or the first mammoths' "graveyard" has indeed been found.
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