The Kostenki National Archaeological Reserve Museum is an exemplary monument of the late Paleolithic age. Kostenki is an archaeological mecca for those who study the Paleolithic age, as many of the most well known representatives of the field have conducted research here: P. P. Efimenko, P. I. Boriskovskiy, S. N. Zamyatnin, A. N. Rogachev. It is the birthplace of the famous Kostenki School, which combined a wide theoretical agenda with the meticulous study of factual evidence.
The total area of the reserve is nine hectares, which are divided into 25 protective areas. Each area is subject to special land-use rules to protect the Kostenki encampents located on them. The museum's collection holds about 41,000 items fr om different ages and cultures, including stone and bone tools, and art gathered at the most significant Kostenki sites.
The largest treasure of the reserve museum is the upper layer of Kostenki Encampment #11, preserved on the very spot wh ere it was discovered. It consists of a dwelling made of mammoth bones, dating back approximately 20,000 years. A display in the museum is dedicated to the longest period in human history, the Stone Age. It is situated in a specially designed building and includes authentic items and copies.
The museum organizes public events every year on several commemorative dates: Night at the Museum (May 18), Day of first Kostenki Discovery (June 28), Archaeologist's Day (August 15).
|Address:||Voronezh oblast, Khokholskiy district, Kostenki village, Kirova street 6a|