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10:33 | Aug 07 | 2014

Scientists set a memorial stone at Berezovsky mammoth site

 The members of the international paleontological expedition have set a memorial stone in Yakutia, at the site where Berezovsky mammoth was found in 1901, reports the Ministry for Nature Protection of the republic.

The expedition was organized by North-Eastern Federal University with the assistance of the Russian Geographical Society and Srednekolymsk Nature Protection Inspecion, as well as financial support by EVRAZ Company; and it started on 21 July 2014.

One of the main tasks of the expedition was a reconnaissance survey of the mammoth berial 40 km of Mayak. They have dug out some adult mammoth remains having come to the surface, the soft tissues of which will be delivered to the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk in a compact freezer. The bone remains have been prepared for further shipment.

The following significant task was to visit the site where a local resident Semen Tarabukin, an Even hunter, in 1900 found the first and most famous in the world mammoth carcass, later called Berezovsky since it was found on the Berezovka River bank.

On 26 July, on three boats, the expedition set off to the site along 600-kilometer-long route. At present, the Berezovka bed has changed its direction, so the finding site turned out to be in deep forest with willow undergrowth. Despite this fact, local guides, including Semen Tarabukin’s descendant Nikolai Tarabukin, detected the site quite precisely; it orography complied with the photos taken by the Herz expedition in 1901.

Near the finding site, they selected a place on the high bank of the Berezovka tributary and set a memorial marble stone saying that in 1901 the Russian Academy of Sciences expedition excavated and took away from there almost a complete mammoth carcass.

Yakutia Sakha News Agency