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Džarylgač Survey Project

The Džarylgač Survey Project (DSP) aims at investigating the rural landscape in the hinterland of the ancient settlement of Panskoe at both sides of the Džarylgač Lake. This study will result in better understanding of the use and function of the north-western Crimean landscape in a diachronic perspective from antiquity until early modern times. The methodologies applied are systematic field walking and collecting of surface finds, geoelectrical, geomagnetic and other surface measurements as well as GPS recording (Geographical Positioning System) and trial excavations at selected sites. The Džarylgač Survey project was planned as a three-year pilot project that might have lead to a larger project on the Tarchankut Peninsula. The need for a large-scale revision of the settlement history of the north-western Crimean landscape is richly testified in the results of the DSP 2007 campaign. In view of current plans to construct a large-scale wind power plant on the inland slopes in this area this added urgency to the project. However, due to disagreements with the Crimean Branch of the institute of Archaeology, The Džarylgač Survey Project will not be able to conduct the scheduled third season. 



2007-2008, during the month of May.



The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Black Sea Studies, University of Aarhus (Denmark), Pia Guldager Bilde (Director), Vladimir Stolba, Tatjana Smekalova, Søren Handberg, Jakob Munk Højte and Kristina Winther Jacobsen.


Groningen Institute of Archaeology, University of Groningen (Holland), Prof. Peter Attema (director) and team.

Institut für klassiche Archäologie, Freie Universitet, Berlin, Prof.Dr. Friederike Fless.

Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften, Physische Geographie, Freie Universität, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt

Eastern Atlas. Geophysical prospection, Berlin, Cornelius Meyer.





Former partners

Crimean Branch of the Institute of archaeology NASU (Ukraine), Dr. Sergej B. Lancov (fieldwork permit holder). 



Since 1994 two Danish institutions have been engaged in excavations, analysis and publication of the results of the Tarchankut expedition of the Leningrad/St. Petersburg Institute of Archaeology (IIMK RAN, former LOIA AN SSSR; A.N. Ščeglov, V.F. Stolba), first the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Aarhus (Lise Hannestad, Jakob Højte), later taken over by the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Black Sea Studies. Since 1994 Vladimir Stolba has functioned as a liaison between the Petersburg expedition and the Danish collaborators. Vol. 1 of the Panskoe I publication on the monumental building U6 was issued in 2002 (eds. L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Ščeglov), and two more volumes (on the necropolis and on area U7) are currently being prepared for publication by Vladimir Stolba and various Russian and Danish collaborators.

                 As a result of the above investment in time and money in the Panskoe project, the Centre for Black Sea Studies has acquired much site-specific knowledge of the particular locality.  It is important, however, to extend this knowledge with a better understanding of the site’s wider geographical context. Moreover, the Centre has for a long period been interested in making a field survey in the Black Sea region in order not only to obtain new, specific data on the region in case, but also in order to test a different type (‘Mediterranean style’) of landscape investigation than has been previously employed in the region (For the discrepancy between existing approaches and techniques in the modern landscape archaeology, see P. Guldager Bilde & V.F. Stolba, Introduction, in:  P. Guldager Bilde & V.F. Stolba (eds.), Surveying the Greek Chora. Black Sea Region in a Comparative Perspective. Aarhus 2006, 7-12). This was the background for extending the Centre’s collaborators to include one of the best and highest profiled survey teams of the Mediterranean in this project, namely Prof. Peter Attema and his team from the University of Groningen, Holland, as well as Crimean participants.        




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