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Chersonesus: public archaeology on the Black Sea coast

Author(s): Neal Ascherson

Journal: Archaeology International
ISSN 1463-1725

Volume: 5;
Start page: 54;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Keywords: Public Archaeology | UNESCO World Heritage | Greek | Roman and Byzantine

The ancient city of Chersonesus on the Crimean peninsula was founded by Greek colonists in the fifth century BC. Today it is part of an enormous multi-period archaeological site where Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins mingle with mortar shells and soldiers' skeletons of the Crimean and Second World wars. Aspiring to become a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is now the focus of intense local, national and international interest in its future, as the editor of Public Archaeology explains.
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