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Scientists To Study Ancient People Migration On Kuril Islands
27.09.2006 00:00
Scientists To Study Ancient People Migration On Kuril Islands

Joint think-tank from Russia, the United States and Japan has started migration patterns of ancient population of the Kuril Islands.
      The hypothesis they want to verify claims the Kuril Islands were sort of a transfer site for our ancestors on their way from Asia to America and back.
      Science and research ship Gipanis will be sailing along the Kurils for 1.5 months, carrying the archeologists. As to Sakhalin Institute for Marine Geology and Geophysics, scientists will also be searching for traces of ancient tsunamis, studying volcanic processes and their effect on life of ancient people.
      One of the most interesting hypotheses suggests Ainu people, who are considered to be the Kurils indigenous population, have originated from migrants from Central Russia.
      The expedition unites 40 people from various countries and is headed by the Russian scientist, PhD in history, who considers first Kuril inhabitants to appear there about 7 thousand years ago.
      Source: Voice of Russia


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