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German-Russian archaeological excavations in 2006

November 2, 2006 - the German-Russian achaeological excavations that started in 2004/2005 continued in August-September of 2006.

The German Achaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäeologisches Institut) published a special journal with results of 2004-2006 excavations in Taganrog. The paper (Eurasia Antiqua, Zeitschrift für Archäologie Eurasiens, Band 11, 2005) describes the results and previous research and states the aims of a new German-Russian research project. The archaeological evidence found in the bottom of Azov Sea and on land proved the hypothesis that the Greek settlement in Taganrog was founded in the late 7th century BC. The ceramics found during the research led to conclusion that the Taganrog settlement played an important role in the course of the early Greek colonization of the Black Sea region. The settlement was founded probably soon after Berezan and Histria, and is anyway much older than the first settlements and colonies in the Cimmerian Bosporus (Strait of Kerch) that were founded between 580 and 60 BC. Scientists believe that this might be Emporion Kremnoi on the coast of Palus Maeotis, mentioned by Herodotus.

The research work will continue in 2007, aiming at gathering more information on the topography, architecture and the economic basis of the settlement, investigating Taganrog in terms of the historical development of Don Delta, the contacts between the inhabitants of the settlement and those of the bordering steppe lands. The archaeologists will also continue to analyze the geological processes that led to partial submersion of the settlement by the Sea of Azov.