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56 years ago (1951) during the excavations in Novgorod was discovered first birchbark

July 26 2007

Archaeological Science in Russia is most often based on the study of domestic details of life of our ancestors. Sensational discovery of the expedition was led by Professor AV Artsikhovsky in 1951 in Novgorod, one of the oldest Russian cities. On a piece of bark was read a letter to the commoner of the XV century. The very first ancient Russian birch bark was found on an ancient bridge Holopaw streets in the layers of XIV-XV centuries Nerevskom on archaeological digs. Letter number one worker found Novgorod furniture company Nina Akulova.

Following the Great Novgorod birch bark were found in excavations in Moscow, Pskov, Smolensk, Staraya Russa, Tver Torzhok, as well as in Belarus and Vitebsk Mstislavl and Ukrainian Zvenigorod.

Currently, such instruments are more than a thousand. About 30 ancient elm "messages from the past" are dated the first half of XI century, but most later certificate - the middle of the XV century. Over 450 letters were written in the XI-XIII centuries before the invasion of Ancient Rus armies of Genghis Khan. According to historians, the value of birch-bark "messages" is that they have opened a whole layer of information, which could not provide a chronicle sources.
According to experts, unlike the texts of ancient annals of birch bark were full of purely domestic details. Everyday matters defined as a form of presentation. Most of the "messages from the past" were written in ancient spoken language and only a small part - in the book Church Slavonic. According to experts, the Novgorod cultural layers stored in about 20,000 ancient birch-bark letters. Informs RIA Novosti news agency.

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