When reworking winemakers in Austria come across mammoth bones. Experts are excited about the find. 

During renovation work in a wine cellar in Austria, a winemaker came across mammoth bones that archaeologists have dated to be between 30,000 and 40,000 years old. After reporting the find in Gobelsburg to the Federal Monuments Office, archaeologists from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) began excavations in mid-May, the ÖAW said. 

It is now assumed that the mammoth remains are the “most important find of this type in more than 100 years”. The “Niederösterreichische Nachrichten” first reported on the find.

The experts have now uncovered several layers containing the remains of the gigantic Ice Age animals. There are probably bones from at least three animals. “Such a dense mammoth bone layer is rare,” said Hannah Parow-Souchon, head of the excavation financed by the Federal Monuments Office and the state of Lower Austria. 

It could be a place where Stone Age people once drove the massive animals into a trap and killed them. The researchers hoped that the unusual discovery situation would provide new clues about how people would have organized the hunt for the animals back then.

The last comparable find in Austria was made not far from the current excavation site. 150 years ago, a thick bone layer and cultural layers with flint artifacts, jewelry fossils and charcoal were also discovered in an adjacent wine cellar in Gobelsburg, according to the OeAW. 

After archaeologists have examined the new find, the bones would be handed over to the Natural History Museum (NHM) Vienna for restoration.

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