Archaeologists have found a large mound in Phanagoria

Photo by Wessex Archaeology website

Photo by Wessex Archaeology website

Plundered in ancient tomb, archaeologists found in Taman.
The oldest coin in Russia and plundered tomb mound largest Russian archaeologists have found in Phanagoria, where excavations have been conducted for over 75 years.
ABOUT told a news conference at RIA Novosti Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology of the Archaeological Institute of Sciences, head of the archaeological expedition in Phanagoria, Vladimir Kuznetsov.

Phanagoria — the largest ancient monument in Russia on the banks of the Taman Bay, whose history is 1.5 thousand years. Work in a large city with a cultural layer capacity of seven meters, is the expedition of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences for the past 75 years.

Mound Boyur Mountain has 10 meters in height, with a diameter of about 100 meters. Attempts were made to dig the mound in the 19th century, but due to the large size of its research so no one was able to. This year, using the technique, archaeologists excavated in 3 months.

— Mound robbed in antiquity. In these mounds is a few crypts, this is just one. This suggests that there is an outstanding person was buried. The crypt was completely robbed — time to set very hard, — said Kuznetsov.

About vault wealth, he said, according to the detected objects and artifacts. So archaeologists have found in the tomb of ivory, elephant tusk with highly threaded, dated 4th century BC

Already discovered neighborhoods killed in a fire in the middle of the 4th century BC. e., remains of buildings Khazar time of the 7th century BC. e., the oldest in Russia coin — a silver drachma of the 6th century BC. e., unique Tombstone from Ionia, set at the grave of one of the first residents Phanagoria. Paint, which has been preserved in stone, has about 2.6 thousand years.

This year, archaeologists have completed underwater excavations, begun in 2004 for the study of underwater foundations for the port facility.

— Great foundation for the construction of an underwater port Phanagoria is a cell of logs filled with stones. "We found a lot of different findings, a large number of amphorae — said the archaeologist.

As reported by "Yugopolis", now near the village of Hay Research Center under construction "Fanagoria"

Center will be the first unit of the future scientific and museum complex on the banks of the Taman Bay near the village of Hay — near the excavation site of the largest monument of ancient times in Russia.

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