SIMFEROPOL, November 9. /TASS/. Researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences Archaeology Institute have discovered a previously unknown ancient Greek settlement in eastern Crimea, Chairman of the State Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Yefimov, told TASS on Friday.
"Researchers from the RAS Institute of Archeology uncovered a new ancient Greek settlement during their excavation near Kerch, which preliminary dates back to the 4th-3rd century B.C., a period of when the Bosporan Kingdom was flourishing. This is an important finding not just for Crimea but for all of Russia," Yefimov added, pointing out that the discovery was made yesterday.
He also noted that the community, called Manitra, occupied an area of roughly 5,000 square meters. The outpost consists of an estate-like residential area and a domestic zone, made up of livestock pens and middens. Yefimov also said that a necropolis was found near the settlement, which hadn’t been ransacked, meaning there might be worthy findings.