ARCHAELOGICAL RESEARCH IN THE TOWN OF MALYN, ZHYTOMYR REGION, IN 2017
The first archaeological excavations at the Malyn ancient settlement had been initiated in 1878 by V. B. Antonovych. In the 20th century, the site has been explored by such outstanding scientists as P. M. Tretiakov, M. P. Kuchera, B. A. Zvizdetskyi. On the basis of the found artifacts, the site has been attributed as one of the earliest town settlements of the Eastern Slavs, and the discovered materials have been used to generate the concept of the early development of the towns in the East Slavonic area. Starting from 2016, the expedition of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine regularly explores the site to investigate the fundamental issues of the early Slavonic towns in Eastern Europe genesis. During the field season of 2017, scientists discovered the remains of the defense constructions dating back to the earliest period of the site formation. The new data which enable to characterize the settlement surroundings has become an important result of the research in 2017. The artifacts discovered at the surrounding areas of the site indicate that culture layers of all the neighboring grounds available for settling (except for the flood lands of the Irsha river) are synchronous to those found at the settlement.
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