The exhibition is devoted 85th anniversary of the discovery of one of the most famous monuments in the history of our region – ancient man in the village Gagarino Zadonsk district. In the summer of 1924 a local farmer Ivan Antonov, found near the village of mammoth bones. A little later, Gagarin came archeologists that appeared to make an outstanding scientific discovery.
– Gagarinskaya parking truly unique monument, – says head of the Department of Archaeology of edge vedcheskogo Museum Alexander Gepalov. – This is perhaps the first major discovery of Soviet scientists made in the first quarter of the XX century, and the only Paleolithic in the Lipetsk region. Parking is to the Upper Paleolithic. Then, more than 20,000 years ago, in our region was a man of the modern type, whose core business is hunting for large animals.
Archaeological research conducted here more than once – in the 20's and 60's of last century. The excavations have surpassed all expectations of historians. Scientists discovered in the first place in the former USSR residential building in the parking lot open the Stone Age. As well as items for presentation life, economic activities and the spiritual world of its inhabitants. The total number of discoveries made here – over 11,000! These include more than 505 specimens of bone and ivory with traces of treatment, of which 180 – tools, jewelry and various crafts.
– But all the same the world fame Gagarinskaya parking was primarily due to the findings of Fine 14 female figurines carved from mammoth ivory, – said A. Gepalov – so-called "Paleolithic Venus", which emphasized the special role of women in primitive society, reflecting the cult of guardian home and continuer of the kind. Today they are in the leading historical museums.