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Artifacts from the Paleolithic to the middle Ages. At the Institute of history of material culture Russian Academy of Sciences presented the most valuable archaeological finds of the last year. How are the coins of time of Ivan the terrible? And where they found the bronze akinaks in the report of our correspondent.

116 silver coins. They were found in Staraya Ladoga. Scientists did not believe my eyes when I saw the chasing.

Penny, saaminki, penny. The year of issue on the money then don’t put it determined on behalf of the king.

“There’s a coinage of Ivan the terrible, Fedor Ioannovich, Boris Godunov and Vasily Shuisky, that is, they always date younger coin, the last that got there,” explains the Director of the Institute of history of material culture RAS, doctor of historical Sciences Vladimir Lapshin.

The box of money found during archaeological excavations in August last year. Scientists have proved that the treasure was hidden during the time of Troubles, specifically in 1610, before the Swedes captured the fortress of Staraya Ladoga. Find invaluable is unanimously recognized experts and even offered to transfer the treasures in the Hermitage Museum or the Museum of the Moscow Kremlin.

“How many museums would not have claimed, this treasure will go to only one Museum – the Staraya Ladoga historical-arhitektuurigalerii Museum-reserve. In my opinion, he has every right to keep this complex and be proud of them,” – said the Deputy head of the Staraya Ladoga archaeological expedition of Natalia Grigorieva.

Each year the Institute of history of material culture Russian Academy of Sciences holds some 40 expeditions. Archaeologists work all over the country – from the Kola Peninsula in the North to the Karakum desert in the South. From Staraya Ladoga and to Tuva.

The oldest finds – on the Taman Peninsula. The objects of the early stone age. They are 1.5 million years old! These stones used as axes or knives. And this is the Scythian acinaces. Bronze daggers. VI century BC. And cups of nomads, they rubbed ephedra. Discovered artifacts under the law, scientists can only store three years, after which it must submit to the state Museum Fund of Russia.

Some collections consist of several thousand items. And the question of where to store them, for scientists remains one of the most relevant.

Experts have long talked about the need to create a separate Museum of archaeology. And even offered options. For example, on the Okhta Cape – there, where they found fragments of three ancient fortresses – ancient, Landskrona and Nienschanz. However, this and many other proposals for many years remain unanswered. And how here not to recall the famous aphorism that “broken crockery brings happiness, but only to the archaeologists”.

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