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Polish Bone Caves

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A RANGE of Oolitic hills, extending, in a northwesterly direction, from Cracow in Galicia to Czenstochau in Russian Poland, a distance of about fifteen German miles, contains the caverns termed, as we learn from the title of the work placed at the head of this article, “The Bone Caves of Ojcow,” from a town of that name within the Russian frontier, and about three German miles north of Cracow. These caverns first attracted scientific attention from the fact that their deposits, worked for manure, were found to be rich in bones. Prof. Romer visited them first in 1874, and, having obtained funds from the Royal Prussian Ministry of Instruction, and subsequently from the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin, the work of investigation was begun in 1878, and carried on, at intervals, to the summer of 1882.

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