Over one thousand artifacts discovered on Khortytsia Island because of Russia’s blast at Kakhovka Dam

1 September, 01:38 PM
Many valuable artifacts for historians found on Khortytsia (Photo:Anatoliy Volkov)

Many valuable artifacts for historians found on Khortytsia (Photo:Anatoliy Volkov)

Russia’s ecocidal destruction of Ukraine’s Kahkovka Dam is proving to be a boon for the understanding of Ukrainian history.

Over one thousand artifacts have been discovered on the island of Khortytsia in Zaporizhzhia Oblast because of flooding after Russia caused an explosion at Ukraine’s Kakhovka Hydroelectric Dam, Anatoliy Volkov, a scientific researcher from the Department of Heritage Preservation, Archaeology, and Natural History at the Khortytsia Reserve, revealed during an interview with Hromadske Radio on Aug. 31.

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Examples of newly discovered artifacts include ceramic fragments of various sizes, coins, bullets, buckles, and buttons. While these items may not be considered treasures in the traditional sense, they hold valuable historical information connected to Ukrainian culture and history.

Their findings encompass both small ceramic fragments and larger objects, said Volkov. The process of unearthing and analyzing these artifacts is crucial for understanding the cultural customs of ancient times and the military events that have left their mark on the island's history.

These archaeological excavations became possible due to the destructive impact of the explosion at Kakhovka Dam. The efforts open new horizons for scientific research and expand our understanding of the history of this unique territory. Any new information will be added to the scientific database, making it accessible for future research and understanding of our past, said Volkov.

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