On July 20, 2022, an underwater archaeological expedition began work exploring the ancient fortress of Sarkel, flooded in the Tsimlyansk reservoir in the middle of the 20th century.
At the bottom of the reservoir, the remains of walls and defensive towers were discovered, which were excavated in the middle of the 20th century.
Our team hopes to find out in more detail than our predecessors what the ancient fortress looked like.
The report on the expedition was presented at the MaresEDU 2022 conference:
Underwater archaeological research of the Sarkel-Belaya Vezha fortress, flooded in the Tsimlyansk reservoir
Underwater Archaeological Society work in close cooperation with historians and archaeologists of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The organisation members conducted underwater and archaeological research of the submerged city of Acre and the port facilities of the Tauric Chersonesus, as well as archaeological surveys in the vicinity of the Kizhi Museum-reserve on lake Onega, on the Dnieper near Smolensk, on the Don, and on the Dvina river in the Arkhangelsk region.
We create a series of films about underwater and marine archaeology, the history of navigation and the development of shipbuilding.