Forbidden archeology
How in the world an unidentified and interesting. I not long ago, for example, wrote about the giants. Actually man is not often able to penetrate into the depths of…

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The archaeologists found about 900 artifacts of medieval Moscow in XVII century wooden bridge in Zaryadye
Wooden pavement of the seventeenth century, which marks the route known from historic plans curve lane found during archaeological excavations in the Eastern part of Zaryadye, where the site of…

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Profession archaeologist

Brief description: (concept, introduction to the profession, the essence of the profession, General description, main features, information about the profession) Archaeologist — a scientist who studies the life and culture of ancient civilizations by the preserved remains of their life. The main objective of the work of an archaeologist included excavations to search for research sources. Archaeology is often compared to detective work. This is a creative profession, as you have to use imagination and abstract thinking to recreate the pristine picture of the world of the past. Scientists-archeologists work with individual tiles that need to be put together to solve the mystery. Sometimes on full disclosure of the secrets of any ancient culture or archaeological site takes years.

The history of the profession: (the emergence of the profession, the history of the development of the profession) the profession of the archaeologist was popular in Ancient Rome and Greece. Even then people knew about the stone, bronze and iron ages, excavated and found ancient architectural monuments. In the Renaissance, numerous excavations were carried out, whose main aim was the extraction of antique sculptures. Archaeology as a science emerged only in the early twentieth century and today represents the topics that students of different cultures and eras. … Continue reading

How are archaeological excavations

Unearth — so as to raise the entire thickness of the earth, which for centuries and millennia were deposited by winds, torrents of water have been compounded by the remains of rotting plants, to lift so as not to disturb all that was left, lost or abandoned in times long past. The layer of earth over the remains of the abandoned settlements and other traces of human life are growing and now annually and daily. According to experts, every year up in the air, and then deposited 5 million cubic kilometers of rock. Water dilute and carry from place to place more soil.

“Archaeology is the science of the spade”, — stated in older textbooks. It is not entirely accurate. Unearth has not only a shovel but also with a knife medical scalpel and even a watercolor brush. Before starting the excavations, the surface of the monument to break by means of pegs into equal squares of size 1 (1x 1) or 4 (2 x 2) m2. Each peg is numbered and applied to the plan. This is called the grid. The mesh helps to record findings on the plans and drawings. During excavation all work is carried out manually. To mechanize this difficult, delicate and responsible task as yet impossible. Only the mechanized removal of earth from the excavation. Very often multilayer monuments— usually the places in which humans settled repeatedly.

In Sredniaia and the middle East, where they built mud-brick mud-brick houses, layered on each other the ruins of ancient cities formed hills with a height of several tens of meters — telly. To understand this multi-layered monument is difficult. But even more difficult to stratify those ancient settlements, where the houses were built of wood. From these settlements remains only a thin layer of decayed wood residue, ash, embers, and not fully decayed organic residues. This layer of dark color is visible in the crumbling wall of a ravine or at the edge of the eroded river Bank. In archaeology this layer is called cultural layer, Continue reading

In Crimea, declared war on “black diggers”

The Crimean authorities are fighting illegal archaeological excavations. Now on the Peninsula are more than nine thousand monuments of cultural heritage. For a long time the historical territory remain unattended, and thus, were available to “black diggers”. The robbers took thousands of precious artifacts that ended up in private collections.

The territory of Greek settlement in Koktebel – a real Klondike for hunters for antiquities. These pits – traces of “black diggers”. The price of one here was found ancient coins reaches 15 thousand dollars. But in the pursuit of gold destroyed other artifacts.

“In the layer could be different vessels. In this case, the moulded broken vessel. Amphorae. Black lacquer dishes,” says archaeologist Alexander Gavrilov.

To the new owner valuable archaeological finds from the Crimea was illegally. On European closed auctions they were transported through Ukraine. After the reunification of the Peninsula with Russia that the flow has stopped. But Crimean artifacts are still in high demand on the black market. The so-called “black archeologists” in Crimea are almost not hiding.

For the entrepreneur Sergey Radchenko search for artifacts as a hobby.Once a week he travels with a metal detector on nature. Where there is already ongoing archaeological excavations – it does not work. Says he is interested in everyday objects found in frontier territories. And if according to the Ukrainian laws such trips were allowed, then in Russia it can fine and confiscate the equipment. Continue reading

Excavations of ancient buildings in Armenia
The monument, accopany near the settlement of Grape, refers to a very important historical period of the Armenian nation – the adoption of the Christian religion. The structure found in…


On the territory of Volgograd region began a new season for "black archeologists".
Excavations along the two-kilometer road Vertyachiy-Pansino leave no doubts here, next to the former crossing of the don, worked "black diggers". Carelessly dug fighting positions scattered rusty ammunition, but the…