Krasnodar, 11 January – Yug Times. Protection of cultural heritage demands significant effort from scientists as well as national security.
Over 200 archaeological expeditions perform excavations in the Krasnodar region every year. At the same time, they are seriously rivalled by treasure hunters, so-called ‘black archaeologists’ who illegally dig out artefacts and illegally send them abroad.
Georgi Davydenko, Head of the Department of Archaeological Artefacts, Directorate of State Protection of Cultural Heritage: “The Temriuk district has more artefacts [than any other part of the Krasnodar region]. There are over 1,300 state-protected historical and cultural monuments there, including 1,200 archaeological monuments of different epochs - from early Palaeolith to late Middle Ages.
“Lately, rapacious excavations have engulfed practically all districts of the [Krasnodar] region. Their number and scale are growing drastically. The robbers are fast to take up new search technologies, often leaving professional archaeologists far behind. Certain groups of ‘black archaeologists’ work to fulfil concrete orders - they resell what they found [here] and abroad.
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