The ancient settlement discovered by archaeologists of the University during excavations near Vladivostok
Archeological field work on preservation of a monument of the early iron age conducted by scientists and students of the far Eastern Federal University in the area of Cape Turtle (Bay of Ants). It found a large settlement age of 2.8-2 thousand years (Yankovskaya archaeological culture) with pits dwellings, shell heaps and household pits. Scientists also do not exclude the possibility of detection of single graves.
According to the head of the expedition, Director of educational-scientific Museum of FEFU Alexander Popov, work on the monument under the name “Turtle-7” began in July, but we can already speak about the first results. Now the area of excavation is more than 400 square meters, discovered seven pits of dwellings and more than 2500 variety of finds — sherds of pottery, parts of stone and bone tools, ornaments, remains of food ancient people.
One of the most interesting relics is the detail of the structure of horn of bone of an elk. According to scientists — it’s part of the armature, because the ancient people of this period actively engaged in not only coastal gathering and hunting, but also fishing in the open sea. Due to such nanodomain a more complete picture of the life of the modern inhabitants of Primorye more than two thousand years ago, to judge the climate and terrain of the coast.
“Among the remnants of food we found the shells of mollusks, which was mined off our shores more than 2 thousand years ago, and now the border of their habitat is much further South. Most likely, the ancient inhabitants of this settlement lived on the lagoon with a climate close to present, but more warm and humid”, — said Alexander Popov.
Ahead archaeologists still a lot of work. They will study the order of thousands of square meters of the monument. According to the forecasts of scientists, already made findings only a third of the material, which has a settlement of “Turtle-7”. All the relics will be transferred to the Museum of FEFU for a more detailed study, processing, and scientific descriptions, and the most interesting of them will join the exhibition stands of the Museum and will be presented to visitors.
Today, over excavation employs more than 50 people, including ten staff members of educational-scientific Museum of FEFU. Work in the fields and history students of the School of Humanities, and future teachers of history from Schools of pedagogy. They actively help students of school No. 18 Artem. The expedition also included scientists of the far Eastern branch of RAS — they carry out geomorphological, paleographic, paleontological research site and findings.
Additionally, the educational-scientific Museum of the far Eastern Federal University is actively involved in the study of coastal lands, restoration historical past. FEFU regularly win grants and tenders for research and security studies in the region.