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Archaeologists Unearth Moscow’s Oldest Road

Moscow’s oldest road, suspicion to date behind to the 12th century, has been unearthed in the city’s executive Zaryadie district, archaeologists pronounced Wednesday.

The road is believed to have connected the old Kremlin and a quay on the Moscow River, Leonid Belyayev, a department conduct from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ archaeology institute, told The Moscow Times.

“We were really propitious to have reached the road. The district is full of the city’s infrastructure lines and old archaeological mine sites,” Belyayev said.

As it is seen by archaeologists, the road consists of several layers of wooden pavements, he said. So distant archaeologists have unclosed many of the 17th-century covering and in some spots have dug deeper to the late 15th century. The deepest layers are suspicion to date behind to the 12th century, given that the Kremlin was determined then, pronounced Belyayev.

The road famous as Velikaya (“The Large One”) is not named on old city plans, Belyayev said, though it is mentioned in city chronicles.

The Zaryadie district, located between the Kitai-Gorod metro hire and the Kremlin, is believed to be the oldest partial of Moscow. In the 1930s and 1940s many of the district was demolished to clear the ground for a series of Soviet architectural projects, many of which were never completed. In the 1960s the massive Rossiya Hotel was built in the core of the district.

After the demolition of the hotel in 2006, archaeological excavations started, though the future of the district remained misleading until 2012, when a competition to remodel the former Rossiya drift was won by design organisation Diller Scofidio + Renfro, that also designed New York’s distinguished High Line park.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/535111.html

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