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Russia: Excavation at the Kremlin uncovers medieval heritage02:58

Russia: Excavation at the Kremlin uncovers medieval heritage

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 1, 2016 at 16:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

"It turned out that the central part of Chudov Monastery is situated under a 1930s building on top of the cellars. So, the floor of the cellars was removed and under the concrete layer dating back to 1932 there was a further strata unveiled from the Middle Ages, from the 12th-14th centuries. The later stratum was cut away, about 3.5 metres of it, and right under the concrete there lays a remainder of the 14th century."

There is always a question of preserving everything as much as possible, to ensure it is not ruined, that everything is done to save the heritage. Here we have done everything. We possess a very careful attitude towards all the ancient artefacts."

"From these coal layers we selected materials for radiocarbon dating, [we will] send them to the laboratory and thus get the dates and restore the entire chronology of the events and how it all happened. For the moment a preliminary dating says that we have here the 12th century, the 13th century and here a bit higher, we know exactly, the 14th century is preserved. There is also an assumption that one of the upper strata dates to the period of Batu Khan's invasion of Moscow."

Archaeologists working at an excavation site in Moscow's Kremlin have uncovered some of the site's medieval heritage, as they explained during interviews at the site on Monday. Digging at the site of the Kremlin's demolished Building 14 began last December following the granting of authorisation of President Vladimir Putin, who hopes to establish a fully-fledged museum on the site.

The former site of the 14th century Chudov Monastery was destroyed by the Bolsheviks and transformed into administrative buildings during the post-October Revolution era.

"It turned out that the central part of Chudov Monastery is situated under a 1930s building on top of the cellars," said Nikolai Makarov, the Director of Russian Academy of Sciences' Archaeology Institute.

"There is always a question of preserving everything as much as possible, to ensure it is not ruined, that everything is done to save the heritage. Here we have done everything. We possess a very careful attitude towards all the ancient artefacts," he added.

Konstantin Panchenko, a researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Archaeology Institute elaborated, stating that he thought the upper layers of the site "dates to the period of Batu Khan's invasion of Moscow."

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"It turned out that the central part of Chudov Monastery is situated under a 1930s building on top of the cellars. So, the floor of the cellars was removed and under the concrete layer dating back to 1932 there was a further strata unveiled from the Middle Ages, from the 12th-14th centuries. The later stratum was cut away, about 3.5 metres of it, and right under the concrete there lays a remainder of the 14th century."

There is always a question of preserving everything as much as possible, to ensure it is not ruined, that everything is done to save the heritage. Here we have done everything. We possess a very careful attitude towards all the ancient artefacts."

"From these coal layers we selected materials for radiocarbon dating, [we will] send them to the laboratory and thus get the dates and restore the entire chronology of the events and how it all happened. For the moment a preliminary dating says that we have here the 12th century, the 13th century and here a bit higher, we know exactly, the 14th century is preserved. There is also an assumption that one of the upper strata dates to the period of Batu Khan's invasion of Moscow."

Archaeologists working at an excavation site in Moscow's Kremlin have uncovered some of the site's medieval heritage, as they explained during interviews at the site on Monday. Digging at the site of the Kremlin's demolished Building 14 began last December following the granting of authorisation of President Vladimir Putin, who hopes to establish a fully-fledged museum on the site.

The former site of the 14th century Chudov Monastery was destroyed by the Bolsheviks and transformed into administrative buildings during the post-October Revolution era.

"It turned out that the central part of Chudov Monastery is situated under a 1930s building on top of the cellars," said Nikolai Makarov, the Director of Russian Academy of Sciences' Archaeology Institute.

"There is always a question of preserving everything as much as possible, to ensure it is not ruined, that everything is done to save the heritage. Here we have done everything. We possess a very careful attitude towards all the ancient artefacts," he added.

Konstantin Panchenko, a researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Archaeology Institute elaborated, stating that he thought the upper layers of the site "dates to the period of Batu Khan's invasion of Moscow."

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