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Medieval reindeer herder camps discovered on the Yamal Peninsula
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Medieval reindeer herder camps discovered on the Yamal Peninsula

Archeologists discovered a cemetery, camps of indigenous peoples and household items from the 15th-17th centuries in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area in the basin of the Shchuchya River.

"We found temporary camps of indigenous peoples. This makes sense because nomadic tribes traveled through this territory in the Middle Ages. We also found a cemetery, where Nenets and Khanty peoples were likely to have been buried. We think this area was inhabited in the 15th-17th centuries. Now it is very difficult to access, so we knew nothing about these artifacts for a long time," Daniil Tupakhin, an exhibition participant and a researcher at the Arctic Studies Center, told the Arctic Info news agency.

He added that the first mention of the archeological sites in this area dates back to 1940.