Irish Eaminer View: A Mammoth tale of endurance

Mammoth bones found in Russia and Ukraine may tell us an important lesson.

Irish Eaminer View: A Mammoth tale of endurance

Tales of human endurance have an exceptional currency, a particular value at the moment.

Any legend or parable that highlights the possible, any historical discovery that shows how our ancestors overcame adversity is worth repeating so it might be emulated in today’s terms.

Scientists working in Ukraine and the west Russian plains have unearthed mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths and they believe they may help us better understand how ancient communities survived Europe’s Ice Age.

Around 70 of these structures are known, and bones at one are more than 20,000 years old, making it the oldest such circular structure built by humans discovered in the region.

The find was made near today’s village of Kostenki, about 500km south of Moscow.

One theory, published in the journal Antiquity, argues that mammoths and humans came to the area as it had a natural spring that remained unfrozen through the winter — a rare resource in that era of extreme, lethal cold — and one that again underlines how hope springs eternal.

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