In the Azov district, archaeologists discovered an ancient port city
Perhaps in a short time on excavations in the village of don, the Azov area are detected unusual underwater finds. At the mouth of the don river, archaeologists found, presumably, the ancient Greek port city. Flooded stone walls and artifacts, which the waves carried to the shore, and geophysical exploration of seabed, scientists incline towards valuable discoveries. Today, specialists carry out underwater exploration.
Farm herd often comes to this place, while on the island don in the water around the mouth of the don. It turned out that horses resting at the walls of the ancient port city, which lies right beside their hooves under the water and sand. Scientists suggest that even in the fourth century BC on this place lived the ancient Greeks, the contemporaries of Alexander the great and Aristotle.
“Through this territory, we held a major trade route. He went out in the sea of Azov and ran next to the Taman Peninsula in the Crimea, where the main Greek trading post”, — explains senior researcher of the southern scientific center of Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Tolochko.
The sea of Azov to the ancient Greeks, as for us, Siberia, seemed a harsh edge. Came here the most enterprising and adventurous Hellenes. They arrived Sudas sole purpose is to trade and earn. When it is in this deep place, from century to century were moored large ships loaded, and from here on small boats, the goods were transported to markets, for example, in Azak, modern basics.
“About Azak sea was shallow, so the ships were in the distance, and the sailors on the boat floated to the shore, the HDV was a city market”, — says senior researcher of the southern scientific center of the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Tolochko.
To find an ancient port city scientists it helped the big ships, but modern. Archaeology has always been associated with politics and the economy. Heavy barges loaded with grain or the metal in recent years go to this place one by one. They raise a wave that brings to shore the fragments of amphorae and ancient coins.
Finding rare artifacts, scientists have conducted geophysical surveys near the island don. Under the layer of water found an anomaly. It was there, according to experts, and there is a submerged city. However, before you begin underwater excavations, conducting reconnaissance Moscow divers. The first dive does not bring sensation, but researchers are under a lot of water flooded the stone buildings.
“These rocks should be studied. They can be both ancient and modern,” — said the representative of the Confederation of underwater activities Russia Nikolay Lukashov.
Organized research southern scientific center of Russian Academy of Sciences.
“Now we isamm major artifacts. For example, the walls. It will be serious discoveries, which can determine to what epoch they belong,” says the Chairman of the southern scientific center of Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Matishov.
Underwater reconnaissance off the island of the don will last for two weeks. Its results will become clear when to start digging at the bottom and did not disappoint scientists intuition.