Sensational find in Gomel: These artifacts can change knowledge of city's history


Sensational find in Gomel: These artifacts can change knowledge of city's history

A startling discovery may change the date of foundation of Gomel. Archaeologists have enough artifacts to confirm: the city is more ancient than one earlier believed at least by two centuries. Scientists found another proof of the fact that Gomel existed long before its official mentioning dating back to 1142.

Alexander Gostev, Director General of the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble: 
We needed to repair this ride, since it had been working 33 years and it had technically become very outdated. And some citizens also asked us to change.

It turned out that a wealth of historical material was hidden under the ride. Builders stumbled upon a cultural layer of the 10th century during the construction of the foundation.

Alexander Dobriyan, CTV:
For archaeologists, it is not just a trench. Here it is, the last one thousand years of the history of Gomel. More than a meter separates these 10 centuries. The tenth century is around here.

Earth is like a puff pie with historical stuffing. Objects of different ages can be met in sequence at different depths. The closer to the surface, the closer findings to our time.

The future historian Ilya Kutikov spends at the excavation site all his free time.

Ilya Kutikov, student of the historical faculty of the Gomel State University named after Francysk Skaryna:
These artifacts give us an idea about the history of Gomel. As a Gomel resident I get interested in knowing what was here in ancient times, on my land, in my hometown.

Modern scientists can establish the date of an artifact within the accuracy of ten years.

By the tenth century Gomel was already the largest center in the region, with an area of ​​25 hectares, the population up to 5,000 people, fortifications and developed weapons production.

Unfortunately, Gomel continues to count its official history only from the 12th century. The main problem for now is the lack of clear earlier references to the city in written sources.