7000-year-old finds in a cave in Nagorno-Karabakh

Archaeologists excavating the Azokh cave in Artsah, Nagorno-Karabakh, discovered unique artefacts from different periods, among them a tooth from a human who lived 7000 years ago.

Excavations at Azokh cave (by People of Ar via Asbarez)
Excavations at Azokh cave (by People of Ar via Asbarez)

Archaeologists from United States of America, United Kingdom, Denmark and Armenia led by Levon Yepiskoposyan study the caves near the Azokh village, which preserved organic traces from various periods. Among the finds are numerous bones of the giant and cave bear (Ursus speleaus), countless remains of mammals, and 3 different species of hominin, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens.

Archaeologists at Azokh cave (by People of Ar via Asbarez)
Archaeologists at Azokh cave (by People of Ar via Asbarez)

The discovered human tooth is believed to belong to an individual living 7000 years ago. It was sent to Copenhagen University’s genetics department DNA examination. The analysis found out that the genetic material matches with the genetic makeup of modern Armenians.

(after Asbarez & People of Ar)

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