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Archeologists to get down to examining unique preglacial cave in Crimea on Saturday

July 13, 2018, 18:16 UTC+3 SIMFEREOPOL

Researchers believe the cave might contain the traces of activity of prehistoric people

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Solutional cave

Solutional cave

© Valery Matytsin/TASS

SIMFEREOPOL, July 13. /TASS/. Archeologists and speleologists are about to get down to an expanded examination of the newly found solutional cave Crimea that contains the remnants of bodies of preglacial mammals, including mastodons and mammoths, Yuri Gonatsyuk, a Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Crimea told TASS.

Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said earlier this week he had initiated the setting up of a commission to examine the cave, which the construction workers had discovered near the township of Zuya, Belogorsk district, while building a section of the Tauride federal road.

All works in the area adjoining the cave have been suspended until completion of the research, since construction experts point out the risk of a possible collapse of the ground.

Researchers believe the cave might contain the traces of activity of prehistoric people and help get a clearer picture of what Crimea looked like before the Glacial Age.

"The archeologists go down to the cave tomorrow [Saturday] for supplementary examination," Gonatsyuk said. "They will do geophysical and archeological works both inside the cave and on the adjoining territory."

He also said the Crimean government and the contractor company had agreed there would be no construction works at this section of the federal road until the examination of the cave was over.

"The contractor company met our request with full understanding," he said. "No one will hinder anyone. Let the scientists do their research and the builders do their work."

Along with it, Gonatsyuk declined to specify how much time the speleologists’ work might take.

He also indicated that the authorities and the road construction company had agreed to conserve the cave.

Dr. Gennady Samokhin, the head of the Russian Association of Speleologists told TASS, on his part, there should be no worries about the future of the cave.

"We’ve reached agreement with both the [Crimean] authorities and with the construction company to fully preserve the cave," he said, adding that research inside the hollow might take up to three weeks.

According to the state contract for construction of the Tauride federal road, its first section from the Crimea Bridge to the regional capital Simferopol should open for regular traffic in December. The entire length of the route from the city of Kerch on the Sea of Azov to Sevastopol is to go into operation in December 2020.

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