The Slavs come from the Pripyat basin?
The presumable cradle of all Slavic nations is located near Yaskovichi village, not far from Soligorsk in Minsk region.
Vadim Belavec of Belarus State University and his excavation team dug out two buildings and various artifacts from the settlement.
Belavec, the head of excavations, commented on the ground breaking archaeological finding.
“Our research confirms the hypothesis about the origin of the Slavs.
(We believe) that they spread to other lands of Europe from Polesie and adjacent lands of Kiev region,” he said.
The archaeologists suppose the traces can date back to the period between the second and fifth centuries A.D.
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.
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.
The specialists will continue excavations to provide more proofs of the theory of the origin of Slavs from the Pripyat basin.