Students from Sevastopol State University Participated in Archaeological Excavations in Turkey

Master’s students of the educational programme ‘Marine Archeology’ at Sevastopol State University participated in an archaeological expedition in Turkey.

The 2019 work site turned out to be promising for further studies of the urban residential area at Miletus from the classical and Hellenistic periods. The archaeological expedition due to take place in 2020 has also invited teachers and students at Sevastopol State University.

According to Mikhail Kopeikin, a participant in the programme, the most interesting finds were made during excavations of an unfinished well from the 4th century BC, where a large number of whole and fragmented terracotta figurines of animals and deities of the cult of Dionysus, such as satyrs and Selene and actors' masks were discovered. Some of the figurines are associated with the cult of Aphrodite. All of these small figurines are most likely associated with the worship of her.

Last year, after a six-year hiatus, Russian archaeologists from the State Hermitage Museum, under the leadership of Sergei Solovyov, resumed research at Miletus, one of the largest cities in the ancient world and the largest metropolis of ancient Greek colonies in the Black Sea region. Research was carried out as part of the archaeological project of the German Archaeological Institute and the University of Hamburg.

The main task of the Russian archaeological expedition was to study the stratigraphy and chronology in Miletus at the site of the so-called Trench of Theodore Wigand. An excavation area of ​​125 square meters was laid on top of a hill and during archaeological excavations, residential and auxiliary buildings dating from the 4th-2nd centuries BC were discovered.