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The Glacial Period in Rostov-on-Don

17.06.2016

The exhibition “A Find on the Edge of the Earth” from the Yamalo-Nenets Regional Museum and Exhibition Complex named after I.S.Shemanovsky has started its run in Sholokhov-Centre of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov and aroused a great interest in the rostovites and guests of the city.

The first visitors were members of the Veteran Council of the Rostov-on-Don Kirovsky District. With interest they viewed the exhibition, which centre was occupied by a famous find – a little mammoth Lyuba. It was found on My 15, 2007, in the Yamal Peninsula (the upper reaches of the River Yuribei) by Yury Khudi, a reindeer herder, and was named after his wife. The little mammoth, which lived 42000 years ago, has been surprisingly well preserved, and this fact has become a world sensation. It was studied by the world leading specialists, and thanks to the coordinated action of many people they managed to maintain the integrity of the find.

Besides the story of Lyuba, the visitors of Sholokhov-Centre learned about her contemporaries – a woolly rhinoceros, a reindeer, fossil horses, a prehistoric bison and other animals and plants of the Glacial Period.

In the central hall filled with the smell of reindeer skins the guests saw a traditional dwelling of the North people (a chum), national clothes of the Nenets, Khanty, Selkup peoples, learned about “the man’s world” and “the woman’s world” of the northern people. The opportunity to be photographed with a family of moving Arctic bears caused a special delight in the guests.

In the hall devoted to shamanism there is a real parka of a Selkup shaman of the early XX century, a tambourine with a mallet, a shaman’s sabre, ancestral idols of the peoples of the north-Syadai and Myad Pukhutsya, a sacrificial blanket and a helmet, and ritual knives.

The archaeological finds of incredible safety from Ust-Poluy, Mangazeya, Voikar, Nadym settlement made us think about history, culture and traditions of those who in different times lived on the territory of the Yamalo-Nenets Okrug, of possible migrations and general civilization processes.

You are welcome to the exhibition “A Find on the Edge of the Earth” of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov before September 18, in: 125/69, Bolshaya Sadovaya, Rostov-on-Don.

Irina Pashkova
The photo: Mariya Kim