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Massacred Residents Unearthed at Greek Colony

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Chersonesus ExcavationsCRIMEAN PENINSULA, UKRAINE—The ancient Greek colony at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chersonesus was established in the sixth century B.C. to grow grain and collect other resources for the people of Greece. Vladimir Stolba of Aarhus University in Denmark says that the intact ruins of the 2,300-year-old houses are still visible. Excavations in a number of these dwellings uncovered shallow graves containing a large proportion of the rural population. The residents had been killed, perhaps in an invasion. “The picture that emerges from the excavations is a snapshot of daily activities of the ancient peasantry, of its life and dramatic death,” said Stolba.