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International archaeological team to examine place of Napoleon's crossing of Berezina

Society 14.08.2019 | 15:38
Re-enactment of Napoleon's crossing of the Berezina. An archive photo
Re-enactment of Napoleon's crossing of the Berezina. An archive photo

MINSK, 14 August (BelTA) – An international archaeological expedition will examine the place where Napoleon's army crossed the Berezina River, Deputy Director for Research at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vadim Lakiza said at a press conference on 14 August, BelTA has learned.

“Underwater archeology is actively practiced in Belarus. For example, new artifacts were found during a survey at Zhaber Castle. This year an international team of archaeologists from Belarus, France and Belgium will work at the site of Napoleon's crossing of the Berezina River in Borisov District. Now preparations are in full swing. The Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences in collaboration with our partner Sea Pegasus diving center is working on logistics and organizational matters and preparing for the arrival of fellow researchers,” Vadim Lakiza said.

Dozens of major archaeological expeditions are undertaken in Belarus every year. They reveal interesting artifacts substantiating new research concepts. Surveys are done in various regions of the country. For example, a part of a zoomorphic amulet in the shape of a snake's head (the 3rd millennium BC) was discovered on the Krivinsky peat bog near Beshenkovichi (Vitebsk Oblast) during an archaeological dig at the Osovets-2 settlement dating back to the Middle and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. “This year the second part of the amulet has been found, thus we have the entire amulet now,” the researcher said.

The surveys carried out in the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha also hold a lot of promise. Researchers have discovered a great number of artifacts from various historical periods. An open-air archaeological museum was solemnly inaugurated there on 1 June. Preparations for the construction of the second phase of the museum have already started. A reminder, the museum will cover 18 hectares and incorporate seven facilities which will showcase tangible and intangible culture of western regions of Belarus from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. The open-air museum project is part of the government program on environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources set to run in 2016-2020.

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