Neolithic Tools Discovered in Central Moscow


A stone cutter dating back to 5 or 7 thousand years was found during excavations in Moscow Sretenka district. The cutter became one of the oldest items ever found during “My Street” renovation program, according to Moscow Mayor official website.

“Cutter is one of the most universal tools of ancient men. This one is perfectly preserved, including the petiole with lateral symmetrical recesses for handle fastening made from bone, horn or wood,” the head of Moscow Department for Cultural Heritage Alexey Emelyanov said, reported. The tool is 2,5 centimetres wide and almost 4 centimetres long.

Apart from the cutter, archaeologists have unearthed another ancient artefact of the Stone Age – a fragment of the end scraper, which belongs to the Mesolithic period (7 thousand years BC). The item is made from a elongated stone plate with a pointed blade at the end.

Both tools are currently being studied by experts. Later, they will be handed over to a museum.

Last month, archaeologists have uncovered a wooden pavement of 17-18th centuries on Bolshaya Lubyanka street in central Moscow.

Earlier this month, a man in Yakutia found mammoth tusks in his garden while planting potatoes.