19 August 2019, 09:33

Archaeologists discovered an ancient temple in occupied Sevastopol. The excavations violate international law


During excavations in Chersonese, Moscow and Ural archaeologists discovered one of the premises of the ancient temple.

Such information was published on the website of the Chersonesus of Tavrida Museum-Reserve.

According to the head of the expedition Stanislav Ryzhov, the temple existed from the IV century BC. to the 4th century AD. A chapel was also discovered near the excavated area.

In the course of the work, we discovered one of the premises, which once, apparently, belonged to the temple. The temple adjoined the street, an area where religious ordinances took place was to the north of it, and beyond this area there were utility rooms of this building, – Ryzhov explained.

Excavations in Chersonesos

The excavation site is located to the left of the famous Misty Bell and is available for viewing to visitors of the museum reserve.

Tauric Chersonesos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, after the annexation of the peninsula in 2014, the organization does not monitor the safety of the museum, since it does not recognize the Russian occupation of Crimea.

According to Yusuf Kurkchi, First Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories, Ukraine and Russia have signed international documents that prohibit archaeological excavations in the occupied territory.

On May 30, the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine announced that it was initiating sanctions against scientific institutions that conduct illegal archaeological excavations in occupied Crimea. The sanctions list of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories includes 28 scientific and museum institutions.