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MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti) - Archeologists from Bashkiria have discovered a large burial site of prehistoric animals in the region, the spokesman for the Bashkiria museum of archeology and ethnography told RIA Novosti.

According to him, such a rare discovery was made by workers by the side of the Belaya River in Karmaskalinsky area while working at a sand quarry.

"They told archeologists about the finding. Then specialists came to the place and began excavation. In a 200 area meters scientists found a great number of animal bones, including tusks, spinal bones and a hip bone allegedly belonging to a mammoth," he said. Read more.

Archeologists appear to have discovered a forgotten legend in western Siberia, where they unearthed a uniquely preserved burial site for a mighty warrior slain in battle.

The body was discovered in a mound in Omsk region dating back to the 11th or 12th century, local news site Omskinform.ru reported Thursday, citing archeologists.

When he died at about 40, the recently unearthed man stood at 1.8 meter tall — 25 centimeters above the average height of his descendants, the indigenous Khanty and Mansi peoples.

His right shoulder was smashed and his left arm severed, evidently in battle. The arm was preserved and buried alongside him. Read more.

The future of a tiny islet a short kayak ride from Saltspring Island is up in the air after the Capital Regional District decided not to expropriate the aboriginal burial site where an Edmonton businessman is building a house.

Members of the district’s board concluded in a vote Wednesday that its hands are tied. Similarly, the province says there isn’t much it can do either because the landowner isn’t violating any permits.

But Ben Isitt, a district director who had proposed expropriation, said he’d be willing to stand with First Nations. That action could include “civil disobedience if necessary,” he said, saying he might join protests on the islet. Read more.

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe could be one of the earliest documented formal human burials found on Cyprus to date at Kretou Marottou-Ais Yiorkis, they said on Thursday.

The burial, excavated by Drs Xenia-Paula Kyriakou and Paul Croft, was found in a tightly flexed position, in a grave cut into a larger, somewhat earlier pit, the Antiquities Department said. It consists of an adult individual, probably a male.

Similar sites in Cyprus have shown that the island was in early and consistent contact with the mainland Neolithic, and indicate that the island was colonised far earlier than previously believed. Read more.

Scientists said Tuesday they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local indigenous population.

Peter Davies, from Queensland’s University of the Sunshine Coast, is researching the ancient shoreline of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, popular with tourists for its sandy beaches and dingo, or wild dog, population.

He said he was approached by a Fraser Island group earlier this year to help find the graves, believed to be of more than 100 indigenous people, including many children.

"It’s completely sand, and the ground penetrating radar works really well in sand," the soil scientist explained of the island. Read more.

GREENVILLE, S.C. —Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be a Cherokee Indian burial site, dating back hundreds of years.

The discovery was made in Macon County, North Carolina, at the site of a new recreation park.

Now community leaders are trying to decide how to move forward.

The $2.5 million park project in Franklin has been in the works for more than a year, but plans could be changing.

“We knew the likelihood was high there would be archaeological evidence here. We did not necessarily know there was going to be human remains,” said historic preservationist Tyler Howe. Read more.

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Tucked behind a leafy oak hammock near this Brevard County city, a murky blackwater bog containing some of the world’s rarest archaeological treasures will remain protected from a potential housing development. The vegetated 8.5-acre upland buffer bordering the Windover Archaeological Site has been purchased for $90,000 by The Archaeological Conservancy. This New Mexico-based organization has acquired and preserved more than 465 historic sites across the United States.

A backhoe operator stumbled upon the prehistoric burial ground in 1982. Since then, scientists have excavated 168 remarkably preserved skeletons dating to the Early Archaic period from Windover’s swamp — including some of the oldest brain DNA samples ever found on the planet. Read more.

WETUMPKA — An amateur archaeologist was testing a new metal detector in Wetumpka on Sunday when he stumbled upon what could turn out to be a Native American burial site.

Ray Camp was on private property not far from Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino trying out his new XP Deus metal detector when he made the discovery. The metal detector helped him locate a copper bracelet about four or five inches below the surface.

Then Camp realized there was bone attached to the bracelet. He also found teeth, beads and other bones in the same location.

He contacted Heath Jones, founder of the Alabama Archeometalology Historical Society, a group of archaeological and metal detection hobbyists that Camp is a member of. Read more.