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75 Medieval Entombments Discovered in Veliki Novgorod
27.09.2007 13:32
75 Medieval Entombments Discovered in Veliki Novgorod
Nikolo-Dvorishchenskiy Cathedral in Veliki Novgorod

Russian archeologists have found 75 ancient graves (dating from the 15th to 18th cc) at the digging site of the necropolis by Nikolo-Dvorishchenskiy Cathedral in Veliki Novgorod.
      According to the Moscow archeologist and anthropologist Denis Pezhemsky, the digging works have been on from early July and more entombments are expected to be found.
      The remnants of the ancient Novgorod dwellers are kept in sarcophagi, which are of great historical value. Some tombs are probably family ones, because several people were buried together, Denis Pezhemski says.
      During the digging works the researchers have found unique pieces of medieval household and fragments of frescoes of the 12th century, a bone stamp, ancient crosses, and buttons, as well as lots of coins kept both in the graves and around them. It was purely Novgorodian custom, a part of their culture to leave coins at entombments - Mr. Pezhemsky mentioned.


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