Along the banks of the Dniester River in Ukraine lay numerous ancient burial mounds filled with human skeletons; the recent discovery that one woman’s bones were painted after her death 4,500 years ago has sparked an archaeological mystery.
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Starting in 2010, a team of Polish and Ukrainian archaeologists excavated 61 people from four barrow necropolises — ancient mounds of dirt and stones built over one or more burials. The barrow type of tomb dates back at least 5,500 years to the early Neolithic period and is considered one of the oldest forms of architectural structure in the world. The team’s goal was to investigate this geographic area as one of important cultural exchange from the Neolithic through the Bronze and Iron Ages…
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