In the Imereti lowland Sochi began excavations of ancient settlements

Archaeological excavations are held in the Imeretinskaya lowland near the Olympic construction sites, and are included in the draft Protection of Imereti lowland. In the course of this year planned excavations of the settlements of the early iron age Fun 1, Fun 2, Southern cultures 1 and the early Christian Church.

All these monuments are used for construction. In order to avoid their destruction during construction work on these facilities in accordance with applicable law necessary to conduct archaeological excavations that will allow us to explore these monuments, receive from them all possible scientific data and thus help to keep this important information about the distant past as part of the common cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia. – said the Agency interlocutor.

The interlocutor emphasized that the excavations have prompted the construction of Olympic facilities for the 2020 competition. Until that time the territory of the Imereti lowland to the archaeological community was considered unpromising.

On the territory of Sochi is the first large-scale excavations of the monuments of this time. Them (the excavations) were conducted. In fact, this area in the archaeological value izuchennosti poorly. – said the head of the Sochi group of the Institute of archaeology RAS novel in Passing.

According to the archaeologist, exploration of the Imereti lowland was carried out over two years. During these years we have identified 12 archaeological sites. It was considered that the Imeretinskaya lowland is not very promising from the point of view of archaeology, but studies have shown that people settled here long ago, because it was a tidbit – here was the sea, and fresh water, and pastures. said in Passing.

Archaeologists can produtivity first found ceramics. This is the second half of V – first half of IV century BC In most cases come across on the excavation of household ceramic utensils by local craftsmen, and antique ceramics. Scientists plan to find out what kind of people lived here, what they did, what are the things used in everyday life, and with which neighbors were in contact.

We can pre-produtivity those monuments, the excavation of which we started. Fun 1 – import antique ceramics, tools second half of V – first half of IV centuries BC As we know from ancient sources there lived tribes of melanchlens, and a little further in Abkhazia, the Colchians lived. Our excavations will help to shed light on the tribes that are identified by ancient sources, specifically with people who have left these monuments in this area. – added the archaeologist.

Today, a rescue archaeological work conducted on the monument Fun 1 that enters the primary zone of Olympic construction. Here is located the control Center. As a result of this work was excavated settlements of the V-IV centuries BC.

Now the expedition of Institute of archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences conducts archaeological excavations at the next monument – the village is Fun 2, the finds of which date back to early iron age. In accordance with the calendar plan is Selishche 1 Southern culture and the unique archaeological site of early Christian Church.

Archaeological work is scheduled for completion in October this year. They will all be held on time and to the start of construction. The resulting archaeological materials represent an absolute value. They decorate the expositions of the museums of the Caucasian black sea coast.

In the future, you should consider the museumification of the remnants of foundations and walls of this unique scientific and cultural significance of the archaeological monument as an early Christian temple, to the excavations which the Institute of archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences plans to start in September. – added the representative of the state Corporation Olympstroy .

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