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Archeologists to change the birth date of Cherikov?

Cherikov Township holds archaeological excavations under the guidance of Yaroslav Khomchenko, an undergraduate of the History Faculty, Mogilev State Kuleshov University. The excavations are also supervised by Alexander Kolosov, the Candidate of History, and associate professor of the Special History Disciplines Department of the University.

The excavation is located not far from Cherikov Township by the Udoga River falling into the Sozh in 200 m. In this picturesque place the archeologists are expecting new discoveries.

Yaroslav Khomchenko says that the settlement was discovered by Alexander Kolosov in 1999. Today he, history students and some pupils of the district have the luck to study the settlement. “We have already got several hundred artifacts dating back to different epochs. The oldest of them belong to the final palaeolith” (10 - 12 thousand years ago). There are artifacts representing the 17th century. The artifacts are really unique since they reveal new pages in the history of Cherikov district,” - Yaroslav Khomchenko added. Alexander Kolosov is sure that the artifacts excavated by Yaroslav Khomchenko’s expedition will clarify the original history of Cherikov. The artifacts prove that Cherikov was founded 3-4 centuries earlier than its official foundation date – 1604.

“The information about the original history of Cherikov is really scarce. July 17 2014 the township celebrated its 410th anniversary. But there are no written resources throwing light on the early history of Cherikov. Its history till the XVIII century is full of questions. That’s why any information about the origin of the township is of great importance. Before the excavations headed by Yaroslav Khomchenko Cherikov’s ercheology was not studied the way archeologists study Krichev, Slavgorod, Mstislavl. There was no archeologist specializing in Cherikov’s early history,” - Alexander Kolosov said.

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