Specialists of the National Agency for Archaeology discovered a 1600-year-old archaeological complex near Zamcioji village, Straseni Raion.
The Director of the National Agency for Archaeology, Vlad Vornic, who is also the coordinator of the archaeological research, told Infotag that the excavations started after the employees and the Director of the Codru ST Company, Ion Chilianu said that many pieces of ceramics and animal bones had been found during the amenities works carried out at the local lake.
“According to the law on archaeological heritage, private people and legal entities that finance the lake amenities works are obliged to apply for authorizations to carry out archeological digs. In line with the provisions of the above-mentioned law, the investor has to provide financial assistance for the research due to be carried out. The amenities works on the lake have been suspended until the archeological excavations are completed,” said the Director of the Agency.
He noted that after two days of excavations, archaeologists have found evidences that the discovered objects date back in the 4th century and belong to a settlement of the Roman Empire.
“Archeological excavations are conducted in the western part of the lake under construction, whose lowest point lies at a depth of 5-6 meters below the current level of the land surface. During the digs, we found two carvings, one of which may be an ancient well. Moreover, we discovered numerous remains of fauna, ceramics of Santana de Mures–Chernyakhov culture [an archaeological culture that flourished between the 2nd and 5th centuries AD in a wide area of Eastern Europe, specifically in what today constitutes Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and parts of Belarus] and pieces of the Roman amphorae. Also there, we found wooden beams, some of them being in a very good condition. Another interesting discovery is an instrument that looks like a paddle, which has been well-preserved, due to the fact that it was found in a marshy area with a large number of water sources. As is well known, wooden items can be preserved very well in water,” said Vornic.
The archaeologist also said that this is one of the most import discoveries in the Prut-Dniester interfluves area, as no similar archaeological complexes have been found in Moldova before.
“Only one similar discovery which dates back in that very historical period, was made in Romania, in Germanesti village, Vaslui county, where archaeologists found traces of a well, though to be representative for the Santana de Mures–Chernyakhov culture. The well was made of wooden beams placed horizontally and vertically. Also there, they found a wooden bucket and several clay cups,” said the specialist.
Director of the National Agency for Archaeology, Vlad Vornic said that the archaeological excavations in the Zamcioji village continue and that the items found would be examine and used for exhibition and scientific purposes.