Mammoths were roasted in prehistoric kitchen pit in 29,000 B.C.June 4th, 2009 - 12:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 4 (ANI): Archaeologists have uncovered a 29,000 B.C. well-equipped kitchen where roasted gigantic mammoth was one of the last meals served.
According to a report in Discovery News, the site, called Pavlov VI, in the Czech Republic near the Austrian and Slovak Republic borders, provides a homespun look at the rich culture of some of Europe’s first anatomically modern humans.
While contemporaneous populations near this region seemed to prefer reindeer meat, the Gravettian residents of this living complex appeared to seek out more super-sized fare.
“It seems that, in contrast to other Upper Paleolithic societies in Moravia, these people depended heavily on mammoths,” project leader Jiri Svoboda told Discovery News.
Svoboda, a professor at the University of Brno and director of its Institute of Archaeology, and colleagues recently excavated Pavlov VI, where they found the remains of a female mammoth and one mammoth calf near a 4-foot-wide roasting pit.
Arctic fox, wolverine, bear and hare remains were also found, along with a few horse and reindeer bones.
The meats were cooked luau-style underground.”We found the heating stones still within the pit and around,” Svoboda said.
Boiling pits existed near the middle roaster.
Svoboda thinks, “The whole situation - central roasting pit and the circle of boiling pits - was sheltered by a teepee or yurt-like structure.”
It’s unclear if seafood was added to create a surf-and-turf meal, but multiple decorated shells were unearthed. Many showed signs of cut marks, along with red and black coloration.
The scientists additionally found numerous stone tools, such as spatulas, blades and saws, which they suggest were good for carving mammoths.
Perforated, decorative pebbles, ceramic pieces and fragments of fired clay were also excavated.
The living unit’s occupants left their fingerprints on some of the clay pieces, which they decorated with impressions made from reindeer hair and textiles. (ANI)
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