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Archaeologists found artifacts and a burial in the center of Belgorod

BELGOROD, November 3.Archaeologists at the construction site of the “White Quarter” in the center of Belgorod found various finds dating back to the 18th century, objects from the time of the German occupation and an ancient burial place with 40 burials, archaeologist of the Belgorod Archaeological Expertise Alexander Kononenko told reporters .
In the historical center of Belgorod, in the vicinity of Holy Trinity Boulevard, about 90 residential premises and 10 apartment buildings have been settled for the construction of the new White Quarter complex. Some of them have already been demolished and various artifacts have been discovered at the construction site, testifying to the rich history of this land. Excavations began at the end of May this year, and work will resume after the end of winter.

“”This entire territory, from Bogdan Khmelnitsky Street to Popov Street, is all the historical and cultural reserve “Old Belgorod”. Directly on this territory, where the diocesan center stands, there used to be the Holy Trinity Cathedral, there was a monastery, and also previously – the Bishop's House. This is an identified object of archaeological heritage, and we, according to the law, must first conduct archaeological research before it is subject to development,” Kononenko said.
He emphasized that earlier, during the construction of residential buildings and communications, no one was interested in what was underground. According to Kononenko, the pipes ran straight through the old foundations and “nobody paid attention to it.” As the archaeologist noted, the construction timeline for the quarter will not change due to excavations; when working with builders, they act synchronously, allowing them to begin work on already developed areas.

Chief archaeologist Andrei Bozhko said that coins dating from the 17th century to Soviet times were discovered at the excavation site. The oldest are silver “scale” coins; on one of them you can read the name of the ruler “Mikhail Fedorovich”. Copper coins of Peter I, Polish coins and half-ruble coins were also found. Other finds included body crosses, buttons, trade seals, pottery and porcelain, musket balls, cast iron cannonballs and lead bullets. The revolver that was discovered indicates its widespread use in Tsarist Russia, which was purchased for self-defense. From the time of the German occupation, a metal bed, a napkin, cartridges, canned food, German condoms and fragments of aluminum tubes intended for storing butter or jam were discovered. German trenches were also found on the territory, Bozhko added.
According to the chief archaeologist, artifacts related to the Great Patriotic War have no archaeological value, but are of interest from a historical point of view. The finds were transferred to the diorama museum “Battle of Kursk – Belgorod”.

In the western part of the site, an ancient burial was discovered, which consisted of about 40 burials. The remains will be examined by an anthropologist to determine the cause of death, gender and age of the deceased. If these burials do not have historical value, they will be reburied in the cemetery, added archaeologist Kononenko.
As the government press service reported, according to the master plan of the “White Quarter”, various objects are envisaged in the planned area: a concert hall, an event area, an art object “Chalk Mountain”, buildings with cafes and restaurants. The entire complex will have the same style and will be free from car traffic. Parking spaces will be significantly expanded, and the “White Quarter” itself will become a center of attraction for residents and guests of Belgorod.

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