6,000-year-old temple in Ukraine elicits comparisons with ancient Near-Eastern settlements
In 2009, a 6,000-year-old temple had been detected for the first time near modern-day Nebelivka, Ukraine. The temple was located in a prehistoric settlement of a monumental scale, comprised of more than a thousand buildings and nearly fifty roads. Recent archaeological work has further unearthed humanlike figurines (right), as well as sacrificial altars and animal remains. Researchers report that certain architectural parallels can be drawn between this Ukrainian temple and other Near-Eastern temples of the same epoch, such as the temple at the ancient city of Eridu in modern-day Iraq. Results of the studies have been published online in the journal Antiquity.
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