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Bronze Age civilization found in Russian mountains

The remains of a previously unknown Bronze Age civilization have been found in Russian Caucasus Mountains.

“We have discovered a civilisation dating from the 16th to the 14th centuries BC, high in the mountains south of Kislovodsk,” in Russia’s North Caucasus region, Andrei Belinsky, the head of a joint Russian-German expedition that has been investigating the region for five years, told AFP.

He said researchers had discovered stone foundations, some up to a metre (3.3 feet) high, at nearly 200 sites, all “visibly constructed according to the same architectural plan, with an oval courtyard in the centre, and connected by roads.”

The sites are spread over about 100 kilometres (60 miles) between the Kuban river in the west and the city of Nalchik in the east.

The decorations and forms of bronze items found in the area indicate the civilisation is linked to the Kuban civilisation, which was discovered at the end of the 19th century at the foot of Mount Kazbek and is known for its artistic bronze works.

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