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Save a unique monument and burial mounds of Ancient Rus ‘ of the X century

Archaeologists working in Gnezdovo asking for help. Collect on Bumstartere the world for the repair of total station.

Many people think that to be in Ancient Rus ‘ of the X century and walk the earth, which still retain traces of our ancestors, was now impossible. It is not so! Not far from Smolensk, on the Dnieper river is the largest monument of the epoch of formation of old Russian state – Gnezdovo archaeological complex. If many other ancient Russian towns (Novgorod, Pskov, Suzdal, etc.) in the modern times have been built up with houses and factories, life in Gnezdovo stuck in the middle Ages. This is one of the few places that still have Large mounds – the burial of the Russian princes of the tenth century. Gnezdovo is one of the biggest in Europe number of barrows (more than 4,500), two towns, a few open settlements. There is every reason to believe that Gnezdovo mentioned in the middle of the tenth century under the name “fortress Miminiska” by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus, and is probably an ancient Smolensk. The total protected area of the monument is about 200 hectares and it is one of the largest early medieval monuments on the territory of Ancient Russia.

Who we are and what we do? The first studies in Gnezdovo began in 1874 and continued intermittently to the present. A large team of archeologists, students and volunteers from MSU M. V. Lomonosov Moscow state University, Historical Museum and other educational and scientific Russian and foreign institutions annually come to the monument to explore it. Each field season brings new information about the life of Russia and its neighbors. To learn more about our team here.

Several years ago we created our own independent non-profit organization of Historical and archaeological centre “Gardarika”, whose main objectives are the dissemination of information about Gnezdovo archaeological complex and provision of modern methods of investigation of the monument.

Unfortunately, a significant portion of the monument is under threat of destruction – the territory of the Central part gradually “eat” two modern villages and huge career. From 1100 burial mounds that once were here, were only 350, and the number continues to decline. Under the threat of destruction of even Large famous Gnezdovo mounds – monumental burial mounds with a height of up to 9 meters.

Why do we need funding?

In our work we can not do without modern equipment. Our main tool is an electronic total station. But unfortunately, available the old appliance could not bear the load and this season just broke down. The new total station is expensive, and the only way to continue our work to revitalize old. Otherwise we simply cease to keep pace with the irretrievable destruction of the monument. Buy the broken parts and appliance repair with subsequent calibration and tuning will cost 90 thousand rubles.