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Bark Manuscripts Found in Russia

June 15, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ Fragments from eight birch bark manuscripts have been found during an archaeological dig in northwest Russia, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

The manuscripts, found in Novgorod, date to the 12th century, the news agency reported Sunday.

``The manuscripts are not intact, but their fragments are precious,″ said Valentin Yanin, head of the archaeological expedition that includes the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow University.

ITAR-Tass did not say what the expedition was excavating.

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