Expedition 53 from laying the first test pits moved to the larger technique - laying of long trenches. The change of tactics paid off immediately. In one of the excavations were found the remains of two largest buildings, which were located inside the fortress. The first building - is the store (in modern terms - land warehouse), the second - are barracks.
It won`t be difficult to describe the outlines of the buildings, found on fragments of the foundation, but at the moment it is not finally decided whether to open them completely, or to limit it to the most interesting sites for the tourists. On the spot of storage facilities was found a coin worth two pennies, dated year of 1816 , which confirmed the validity of the scientists assumptions on the general directions of search works. As for the excavations in the ancient layers, and here company eXteam has something to be proud of and, therefore, has explorations to share with the lovers of archeology. In addition to the number of amphora pieces, which in this area was even higher than anticipated, our specialists have found two ancient coins of Olbia, which at this stage have to go through cleansing in the field of archaeological laboratory. Only after restoration, they will be presented at the exhibition center on Adzhidere, and only then our historians will be able to draw accurate conclusions about their origin and put forward a more accurate assumptions about the history of their appearence at the coast of Ovidiopol. We can already draw one conclusion regarding Olbian coins-up to this moment they have not been found in any other expedition in the area of Odessa region, this is a sensation. Although, let's get away from the unchecked data, assumptions and hypotheses and wait for a "laboratory verdict." Meanwhile, we can say for sure that coin dating is much more accurate than amphora dating.
In addition to the coins, there were discovered semi-dugouts (the origin and purpose of the discovery is being specified), as well as fragments of the low power cultural layer on different parts of of the fortress, located closer to the cliff. Today the "ancient" part of the excavation is not being worked on very actively. The expedition`s main emphasis are on Fortress Buildings and processing already found material. First of all, antique layer is in close proximity to the coast, which is making a clear conclusion that most of the ancient settlement went into Dnestr estuary. Secondly, the "Roman ceramic dough" so far has not been seen in this part of Odessa region (except of the Roksolan village), which means, at least, the possibility of reviewing the known historical events from the point of view of a newly-established facts. There are also fragments of late Roman pottery, so... will wait for the conclusions of the expert. If "Roman traces" in the Roksolan village have been repeatedly confirmed historically, the Ovidiopol in it`s history have never had an opportiunity to boast of such a luxury. Probably not because it was not inhabited by the Romans. The traces of their presence just were not found. Blackpottery shards occur on the excavation, which is often associated with the Goths or chernyakhivska culture.
Bottom line. Chronology of Ovidiopol has already expanded in the direction of antiquity (rejuvenation, if you like!), And it is only during the third week of the expedition 53! Plus - good results over a fortress... In one word - it will be good. Important thing is for You to be there, where it will be awesome either way!