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Ancient city of Chersonesos
 - North area
 - South area
 - West area
 - North-East area
 - South-East area
 - Central area
 - Citadel
 - Harbour area
 - Undetermined area
Necropoleis
 - Northern
 - Western
 - Near Karantinnaya bay
 - Undetermined necropolis
Chora
 - Heraclean peninsula
Environs
 - City Environs
 - Remote Environs
Museum
 - Exhibitions
 - Staff
 - Everyday life
Unidentified
Ancient city of Chersonesos
 - North area
 - South area
 - West area
 - North-East area
 - South-East area
 - Central area
 - Citadel
 - Harbour area
 - Undetermined area
Necropoleis
 - Northern
 - Western
 - Near Karantinnaya bay
 - Undetermined necropolis
Chora
 - Heraclean peninsula
Environs
 - City Environs
 - Remote Environs
Museum
 - Exhibitions
 - Staff
 - Everyday life
Unidentified

Ancient city of Chersonesos


The site of the ancient city of Tauric Chersonesos is located on a large promontory between two bays, Karantinnaya (Russian for Quarantine) and Pesochnaya (Sandy) within the limits of the present-day city of Sevastopol. It covers the area of about 45 hectares. The investigations of the ancient city started in 1827 and continued throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, with short intervals. By the early twenty-first century, the excavations have uncovered about one-third of the ancient city: defensive walls and towers, churches and public spaces like theater, water reservoir, the so-called mint, thermae (baths), etc. The most important result of the excavations in the ancient city is the discovery of the city layout according to Hippodamean plan: grid of residential quarters of the same size composed by parallel and perpendicular streets. Although modern division of the ancient city into areas is conventional, it is used in archaeological documents.

The division of the ancient city into the areas is a convention; it is made for better orientation of the visitors (real and virtual) in Chersonesos territory. This zoning is performed according to existing tradition which is mentioned in scholarly and popular literature. At the same time, we should mention that there still is a certain confusion as to the numeration of longitudinal and transverse streets (and even of curtain walls and residential quarters), so we have to follow more or less common system of their designation.  

 

Fragments of VESSELS: red-slip plate bottom, black-slip vessel bottom with graffiti, fragment of clay cooking pan, fragments of handmade vessels from the 3rd layer in the roman house (termae?), room no. 1Topographic plan of Tauric Chersonesos indicating its necropoleis and marking discovered burial vaults with wall-paintings

Cistern B
Pithoi with grain in room 14 (?)General viewRoom 14 (?) with pithoi
Church with four pillars near Uvarov's Basilica, to the west of itRoom 14 (?) with pithoiChurch with four pillars near Uvarov's Basilica, to the west of it
Room 14 (?)Basilica in the north coast, below the monasterial cemeteryExcavations on the north coast of the ancient city, in the former monastery vegetable garden, near the church, under garden’s wall
Room I after the 1st layer was removedWell B, late Roman or early Medieval periodRoom I after the 1st layer was removed
Room I after the 1st layer was removedSix-pillared church on the north coast of ChersonesosRoom I after the 1st layer was removed
Six-pillared church on the north coast of Chersonesos, near Uvarov's BasilicaAmphora bottom with salted fishGeneral view


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