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Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region


The archaeological field research of Europe's largest ancient settlement – Belsk settlement dating back to the eighth-third centuries BC – started in Poltava region on Monday.

Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region

Excavations are carried out by scientists, students and postgraduate students of Ukrainian and Polish universities within the framework of the joint international project IV Archaeological Field School.

Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region
Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region
Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region

The Belsk settlement is located between the rivers Vorskla and Sukha Hrun on the territory of the Kotelevske district of Poltava region near the village of Belsk.

Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region
Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region
Excavations of Scythian settlement kick off in Ukraine's Poltava region

This settlement is considered to be the largest Scythian settlement. Its area is 4,400 hectares, and the length of fortifications is more than 34 km.

The Belsk settlement is thought to be five times larger than ancient Babylon.

Source: Ukrinform [July 31, 2018]

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