the situation of archaeological heritage in the area of hostilities (Lugansk region [Ukraine])

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Serhii Telizhenko or Sergey Telizhenko (Сергій Теліженко) revealed the situation of archaeological heritage in the area of hostilities (Lugansk region).

Telizhenko has conducted extensive personal research and open-source research, across social networks such as Facebook and other social media such as YouTube, as well as satellite image analysis of records from Google Earth.

LB reported (and I can personally attest) that he has documented evidence of harm to kurgans (burial mounds) and settlements, which has been caused by deliberate (yet negligent rather than ethnocidal) acts (such as the militarisation of sites and the mining of land) and accidental events (such as the shelling of sites), by Ukraine’s armed forces as well as Russia’s allied paramilitaries and according to Telizhenko, plus unregulated activity by civilian communities.

Notably, Telizhenko’s satellite survey also documents a ‘significant intensification of illegal excavations [значительной активизации нелегальных раскопок]’.

His presentation was recorded and shared by Wild Fox, on Facebook as well as YouTube.

citation

Telizhenko, S. 2019: “Ситуація з археологічною спадщиною в зоні проведення бойових дій (Луганська область) [the situation of archaeological heritage in the area of hostilities (Lugansk region)]”. Paper presented at the Seminar on Archaeology in Occupied Territories and in Zones of Armed Conflict [Археологія на окупованих територіях та у зонах збройних конфліктів], Kyiv, Ukraine, 16th May. [YouTube, 6th June.] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlU4rvJfgTs

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