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Prehistoric east Bohemian people had contact with Black Sea area

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« on: August 18, 2009, 07:12:22 am »

Prehistoric east Bohemian people had contact with Black Sea area
10 August 2009

Mikulovice, East Bohemia, Aug 8 (CTK) - The finds archaeologists have uncovered in Mikulovice in the Pardubice region prove that the local prehistoric people had contacts with the Black Sea area in the 6-5th centuries B.C., archeologist Jan Frolik has told CTK.

The experts have uncovered remnants of ancient pottery people's settlements including bone decorations and a saddle of Scythian origin, which proves that the people were in contact with the remote Black Sea region, situated some 1000 km away in the southeast direction.

"The things could appear here as a result of trade, it could be a gift or a souvenir. It is surprising that the people had contacts across such a huge distance," said Frolik.

Another rare find, of importance much higher than regional, is the ancient burial ground of the Unetice people from the Old Bronze Age (about 2000 B.C.).

"A total of 56 graves with 59 buried people have been uncovered. Most of the deceased were buried in a crouched position, along with bronze jewels and weapons. Especially extraordinary are the finds of amber, including a necklace with more than 400 corals," said Jana Marikova-Kubkova, from the Archaeological Institute in Prague.

The experts are examining an area in Mikulovice where new houses are to be built.
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