During the examination of the future pipeline route Kuban – Crimea, in the east of the peninsular, the Crimean scientists of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences found in the Cimmerian (Akkozsky) rampart a unique gates that served as a passage between the Bosporus Kingdom and the rest of the Crimean peninsula.
“We have discovered a unique architectural and archaeological site in the form of two towers and passage between them, located just on the line of the gas pipeline construction,” said the head of the Archaeological Heritage Department of the "State Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Crimea" Denis Chikhradze.
Reportedly, this fortification was built over 2,500 years ago by the Cimmerians to protect the state borders from nomad raids. There is also a version that the rampart was built by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC to serve as a defensive structure of Bosporus Kingdom.
“Since the pipeline construction delay is unacceptable, it was decided not to change the route of the gas pipeline and lay it on the line between the two towers. It was a joint decision of archaeologists, the builders and the State Committee for Cultural Heritage. Thus, the object will be preserved for future generations,” said the employee of the "State Committee of the Republic of Crimea."
During his last visit to the occupied peninsula Russian President Vladimir Putin promised its residents to lay a gas pipeline by any means and provide fuel by the end of the year. The archaeological heritage of the Crimea seems to be the first victim of those plans.