Fox finds ancient settlement near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park

Fox finds ancient settlement near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park

Arrows, ceramics, and human remains were found by a fox near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Actually, this place is an archaeological object. Here, Mesolithic, Neolithic, the Bronze Age, and the Middle Ages combine together. Some years ago, excavations were carried out there, though archaeologists have never expected such a surprise.

Large-scale excavations took place some meters away from this place nine years ago. Nevertheless, nobody could imagine that a usual fox would “provide” historians with extra information. The wild animal has dug out not only 6-7-thousand-year ceramics, but also human skeleton fragments.

More than a thousand of household stuff with arrows, scrapers, and ceramics among them were found at the place of the ancient site situated near village Vily. It seemed to be explored far and wide. Still, it was an ordinary fox that reached the place before experienced archaeologists!

A usual fox hole turned out to be a true well of historical artefacts.

Ruslan Kniga, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park researcher:
The artefacts found at this place date back to different epochs from 5000 B.C. to the Middle Ages, that is, XV-XVI centuries. We have analyzed the ceramics and the stone tools and we may suppose that people inhabited this place for many millennia.

It has been known for a long time that ancient men had had their settlement here since the Mesolithic period. However, due to this sudden predator finding, historians have solid grounds for new loud suppositions.

Ruslan Kniga, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park researcher:
The new wondrous finding, explored thanks to the fox, is a signal to continue archaeological excavations. This is what this place has in perspective.

Historians find the fragments of a human skeleton the most interesting of all the things from the fox hole. Experts corroborate that these fragments did not belong to one person; conversely, it was a burial place for many.

Sergey Manko, head of the Forensic Examination Department in Brest Region:
We have two right femoral bones, which indicates that these fragments belonged to two different people. The bones’ appearance shows they were buried more than 100 years ago.

This is not the first time animals have “helped” scientists to explore history traces. About 10 years ago, a stone axe dating back to the Neolithic period was found in natural boundary Yazvy (also in Belovezhskaya Pushcha) at the place of aurochs’ sandy wallow.