Chersonesos: The Ukrainian Pompeii

Danny Wood visits a remarkable excavation in the Ukraine.

Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese. Sevastopol, Crimea
Chersonese, Sevastopol. Monument 85-364-9001. Wiki Commons/Віталій Попков.
Chersonesos is an enormous, ancient ruin alongside the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, on the shores of the Black Sea. The expansive site is a mix of Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains; and, hundreds of hectares of ancient, agricultural farmland that make it unique in the world.
 
To archaeologists like Adam Rabinowitz, from Texas University’s Institute of Classical Archaeology, the soubriquet for Chersonesos, ‘the Russian (or Ukrainian) Pompeii’, is well deserved.  
 

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