In 2008 the National Museum of Warsaw began archaeological excavations in Crimea at the site of an ancient Greek town of Tyritake (Kerch), which was founded by Greeks in 6th century BC. Six years of active work brought many interesting findings and discoveries, but after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014 the archaeological research was suspended for an indefinite period. After a year long pause, the Museum renewed collaboration with Ukrainian colleagues as part of the modified project “Antique monuments of the Black Sea” in the new location: Olbia, one of the richest and most important Greek colonies in this part of the Black Sea coast.
Reportage in Russian
Среди ярких находок - кухонный комплекс позднеримского времени.
Video reportage in Russian, Polish and English: http://kerch.com.ua/articleview.aspx?id=16249
At 24 January 2011 it was broadcasted at 1 Program of the Polish Radio interview with Alfred Twardecki about excavations at Tyritake and the history of the Bosporan Kingdom. The interview is accessible in Polish at: http://www.polskieradio.pl/7/179/Artykul/302516,Archeologiczna-wyprawa-na-Krym
The defensive walls of the ancienttown of Tyritake, a dugout datingback to the times of Khazar rule, and the foundations of an early Christianbasilica of the 6th century are amongthe discoveries made on the KerchPeninsula in Crimea, Ukraine, by agroup of Polish archeologists fromthe National Museum in Warsaw.
Polish Archaeological Mission of the National Museum in July and August carried out excavations in the framework of the project “Bosporan City Tyritake”. During this work on the territory of today's Kercz a large fragment of stone constructions of Tyritake from the Byzantine period was uncovered.
Very rarely, in such a short time during the first season of excavations archaeologists manage to carry out such important discoveries – stressed the director of the archaeological mission Alfred Twardecki.
The archaeological discoveries on Crimea have become the object of interest of president of Ukraine Wiktor Juszczenko, who declared his support for the project and the participation of the National Museum in Warsaw, when visiting the Polish expedition in August.