Did you ever wonder where exactly did the Slavic ethnic group came to existence? The usual answer until these days was, it was somewhere in the Carpathian mountains and plains of Ukraine, while some South Slavic nations even had a wilder theory how it emerged on the Balkans. But let us put those two aside for now, because Belarusian archaeologists have found some new traces of our mutual Slav ancestors reports Belarusfeed.
“Our research confirms the hypothesis about the origin of the Slavs: that they spread to other lands of Europe from Polesie and adjacent lands of Kiev region” – says head of excavations, Dr. Vadim Belavec from the Faculty of History of the Belarusian State University in Minsk.
The new theory says, the presumable cradle of all Slavic nations is located near Yaskovichi village, not far from Soligorsk in Minsk region. Belavec, the head of excavations, commented on the ground breaking archaeological finding.
“But until recently, what had been happening in the present southern Belarus between the 3rd and 4th centuries was one big archaeological blank spot. We did not know any sites that beyond a shadow of a doubt dated back to this period. The recent excavations, including those carried out in July, shed new light on this problem” – says Dr. Belavec.
So now you know, if you ever wonder who those few cool people that started probably the most colorful, hilarious and largest European tribe were, it was the few from the good old Polasie village.
The two untility buildings at the site are believed to be used as grain storages. Crucibles and casting spoons show that inhabitants were involved in gold working reports scienceinpoland.
Among the most spectacular artefacts found are:
- bronze decorations with red and white enamel,
- a coin with the image of the Roman emperor Commodus (161-192 AD),
- an unusual sword that may have belonged to a Germanic warrior.
Belavec believes it’s necessary to keep searching for similar archaeological sites in Belarus. Dr.Vadim Belavec had participated in a scientific internship at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw from 2014 to 2017. He carried out a research project financed by the National Science Centre. In 2018 he returned to Minsk, where he continues to work on the problems of the ethnogenesis of the Slavs.