Archaeologists have possibly found a previously unknown ancient Greek settlement in Crimea

Credit: РИА Новости/Артем Креминский

Recent excavation-related exploits of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archaeology have revealed some fascinating finds, like an ancient Greek fortress in Crimea and the first known Corinthian helmet north of Black Sea. This time around, the researchers have once again made the news, by potentially unearthing a previously unknown ancient Greek settlement in the eastern part of the Crimean peninsula. The discovery was revealed by Sergey Yefimov (to TASS), who is the Chairman of the State Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Crimea.

Yefimov said –

Researchers from the RAS Institute of Archaeology uncovered a new ancient Greek settlement during their excavation near Kerch, which preliminary dates back to the 4th-3rd century BC, a period when the Bosporan Kingdom was flourishing. This is an important finding not just for Crimea but for all of Russia.

Credit: РИА Новости/Артем Креминский

Now it should be noted that the excavation project is still in its nascent stage, with preliminary findings pointing to how the settlement was possibly communal in nature, occupying 5,000 sq m (or 53,800 sq ft) – roughly the size of American football field. In essence, it was possibly more of an outpost than an actual full-fledged city and was demarcated into an estate-like residential zone and a livestock zone for keeping domesticated animals. Interestingly enough, the archaeologists have also come across a proximate necropolis which is fortuitously undisturbed – thus alluding to the possibility of finding more clues associated with small Greek settlement.

Credit: Alexei Pavlishak/TASS

Source: Greek Reporter / Via; Archaeology News Network

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Dattatreya Mandal
Dattatreya Mandal has a bachelor's degree in Architecture (and associated History of Architecture) and a fervent interest in History. Formerly, one of the co-owners of an online architectural digest, he is currently the founder/editor of Realmofhistory.com. The latter is envisaged as an online compendium that mirrors his enthusiasm for ancient history, military, mythology, and historical evolution of architecture.
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