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In Smolensk during excavations on the territory of the district Rachivka archeologists discovered unique artifacts of an ancient culture. Now experts believe that in the middle ages the city was much larger than previously thought. In General, the history of Smolensk is full of mysteries. For example, nobody knows by whom and when the town was founded. These facts contained in the chronicle, destroyed in the middle Ages. So sensational findings help to restore the gaps in history and to understand how bright was the life of the ancient settlement.

The researchers found a waste pit production jewellery workshop the beginning of the XI century, with baptismal crosses, temporal rings and tools. Discoveries followed one after the other. Once it was a manufacturing defect, now this is a unique artifacts that will help to understand how production was organized.

Crucibles are vessels, into which melted bronze. After that, the liquid metal poured into the mold, previously cut by jewelers. The specialists of the Hermitage and explored the wire used by Smolensk masters. It turned out that the metal is jewelers, you are most likely imported.

“It became clear very interesting things: the raw material from which things flowed, probably of Scandinavian origin. This brass – alloy of copper and zinc,” says the head of the Smolensk expedition of the Institute arheologiya Nicholas crance.

In addition, next to the river Small Rachivka scientists found large quantities of pottery of the eleventh century. Findings suggest that the medieval masters knew the art of pottery at a high level. Items were often decorated with patterns and beaters, and the vascular walls were extremely thin. Subtly curved Corolla of the vessel shows that there was some special aesthetics.

Thanks to new research revealed important facts. A thousand years ago within the centre of the modern city of Smolensk were found. Artifacts attesting to this, found in three places: near the Church of St. George, in the streets of Novosineglazovsky and on Cathedral hill.

“In the Small pits on School street in different dominions was discovered manor buildings. That is at the bottom of these pits were found grooves from the palings estates. In General, the presence of fences estates – this is rather a sign of urban development”, – says Nikolay Krenke.

Finds made this season, show that Smolensk was rapidly developing in the early middle ages and by the eleventh century, was already large, rich and populous settlement. According to the revised data, the city stretched no less than two kilometers along the Dnieper river.

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