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«For the first time we investigated a unexplored part of the ancient city, which was behind the fortifications, behind the city wall, but at the same time it was part of this great settlement. Probably heresettled, or hid, people of not very high social status«, Quotes the statement to the director of the institute, Nikolai Márkov.
The oldest structures found in the area, which is located in the northwest of the Chersonese stream, date from the time of Away Magno.
«From the Hellenistic period (4th-3rd centuries BC) and until late Roman times (III-IV centuries), in this areaburials. […] However, alreadyat the beginning of the Byzantine period (5th-7th centuries) begins to form, just behind the walls of Chersonesus, a lastingdump, which gradually covered the ancient burials with a powerful layer of up to seven meters. Little by little, just below the southwestern walls of Chersonesus it forms,in the 8th-9th centuries, a site with residential structures [carved] in the rock, a kind of 'city of caves' ”, a statement from the My Story foundation, which funded the recognition.
"They were identifiedthree residential complexes: two rooms carved into the rock and one [located] in a cave, where a natural slope was used for housing, ”the organization details.
Apart from the structures, the researchers found several objects from the times of Chersonese's existence, including various Byzantine and local coins, as well as Greek and Slavic ornaments and various ceramic objects.
The last time the area was investigated was in 1908-1914, but practically all the documents of that expedition were lost.
«Previously, based on previous excavations, we only knew of the existence of a necropolis at this site, but archaeologists had not been here for over a hundred years. The new archaeological materials allow us to fundamentally change our understanding of the historical topography of the Chersonese field.«, Indicates Markov.
«Now the investigative work is ongoing. Archaeological reconnaissance has yet to touch the most interesting territory in the southern part of the 'talweg' [the deepest part] of the Chersonese stream, and it can be safely predicted that many more new and unexpected discoveries will be made before they are complete«, Says the director of the excavations, Oleg Sharov.