FIRST ARCHEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF OSMANIAN CASTLE IN TATARBUNARY


Keywords: Tatarbunary castle, remains of stone foundations, exploratory excavation, glazed and gray clay ceramic.

Abstract

The article deals with the publication of materials found in 2018 as a result of the Institute of Archaeology of NAS of Ukraine expedition, the primary goal of which was survey and further archaeological research of the site so far known only according to written sources — Tatarbunar castle. It describes the location of the construction near the abundant sources of drinking water, as well as the remains of stone foundations of its walls, which in some places are visible in the gorges and on a surface. In addition, the known reconstruction of the castle has been somewhat adjusted, and its dimensional characteristics have been specified.

The article describes the objects and materials discovered in 25 m2 preventive trial trench. Most of them date back to the first half of the 17th century, which does not contradict the written data on the construction of Tatarbunar castle by the Ottomans in ca. 1624—1628. The discovered archaeological finds, in addition to the confirmation of the castle’s dating, have enabled to raise the issue of the ethnocultural origin of its builders and garrison, as well as of the surrounding population. The issues of the castle’s interior arrangement have been highlighted.

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2019-09-25
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SapozhnykovІ. V., & Sinel’nikov, O. S. (2019). FIRST ARCHEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF OSMANIAN CASTLE IN TATARBUNARY. Archaeology and Early History of Ukraine, 32(3), 155-164. https://doi.org/10.37445/adiu.2019.03.12