Karacharovo Settlement

This was the first Stone Age site, discovered by Alexei Uvarov, near the so-named village where his family had an estate. In the Murom district of Vladimir Province, high on the left bank of the Oka River, it figured prominently in the Uvarovs’ turn to prehistory. He invited Antonovich, Dukachev, and Poliakov to confirm his findings in 1877; Dukachev later spoke out against Uvarov’s interpretation that men had killed mammoths at this site. The excavation of mammoth bones, tools, and weapons “refute[d] the mistaken supposition that European Russia was not inhabited during the Paleolithic era.”