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Old October 5th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #1

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Solovetsky Islands: neolithic, Bronze age


The fact that neolithic organized centers existed so near to polar circle is probably the reason to have made these islands so important for Russian archaeology.

In Western countries they are known for extermination of political opponents by the Bolsheviks [in Moscow there is a monument, a stone, remembering this], for the Orthodox monastery and for its touristic treasures to visit.

The isles are less known as archaeological site.

This aspect, at least in Italy, has been made known to the public thanks to the myth of Atlantis [odd to say, but it's the reality].

A part the legend, until about 1,000 years BCE the White Sea saw a milder climate than now and during the Bronze Age it was the home of a culture who has left interesting archaeological finds.

This page on UNESCO site gives a brief description of the history of the isles.

Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The most appreciated Russian researcher regarding this area is Dr. Martynov Alexandr, who has published a long and comprehensive article on Arctic and North. 2012. № 5 about the isles.

In the work I have found really interesting that the most early archaeological sites date to VI millennium BCE.

I will read the article in the next days and it would be interesting to discuss its content. It would be great to make some light on the prehistory of those so ignored places.

Link: http://narfu.ru/upload/iblock/b34/11.pdf
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