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Archaeologists began excavations in a Koban settlement of the Scythian period in North Ossetia

The expedition of the State Historical Museum has begun excavations in the Koban settlement of the Scythian period in North Ossetia; the settlement is unique for Europe, as Alexander Moshinsky, the head of the expedition and a candidate of historical sciences, informed on Friday.
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«We have begun excavations of the unique in Europe Koban settlement of the Scythian period. Such industrial areas are sometimes found during excavations in large cities, e.g. the ancient cities of Greece, which also existed at the time, but there is no such industrial centre anywhere,» said Moshinsky .

Excavations are conducted in the settlement of Sauar (translated from the Ossetian language as «a water spring») in the Digorsk Gorge of North Ossetia. It was established in the V-IV centuries BC while the Koban culture was still alive. Blacksmiths worked here, potters, and metallurgists. This year at the initial stage of the work, five arrowheads of the Vth century BC have already been found.

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