Antique grave discovered at Yevpatoria beach in Crimea
An accidental pedestrian has noticed in the sand of a central beach of the city an edge of a big stone slab. He was excited by his finding and has shared it with the Yevptoria Regional Natural Museum. The museum staff has examined a hand-made stone box with the length of 1.2 meters.
According to the opinion of the Head of Scientific work of the Yevpatoria museum Lyudmila Dubinina, the finding represents an ancient Greek slab grave dated between the end of IV till the beginning of III before the Common Era. The experts believe it belongs to Kerkinitida — an ancient Greek city located from the middle of VI BC at the spot of modern Yevpatoria.
In the stone box, archeologists have found remains of the funeral accessories: astragalus (knucklebones), two vessels, and a small coin. The researchers suppose that it should be the grave of a child.
The finding is especially unique as before nothing similar has been discovered in this region. More than 2 thousand years ago, the seaboard was located much farther away than now. Before, such archeological discoveries have been made in Yevpatoria at the end of the 1970s. Then, builders of cafe have found a piece of necropolis with two slab graves.