Moscow archaeologists told how they found ancient artifacts during excavations

They were found in the remains of a burnt house from the time of Paul I

Toys of the 18th century were found by metropolitan archaeologists during excavations in 4th Krutitsky Lane. All found products are made of clay – these are whistles, little animals and soldiers.

As MK found out, during archaeological excavations in one of the alleys of the Tagansky district of the capital, experts discovered 280 individual finds and a lot of mass archaeological material. The most interesting from a historical point of view were the remains of a burned-out house from the time of Paul I. Many artifacts were found under its floorboards, including those belonging to young Muscovites who lived at that time.

Archaeologists have extracted various toys from the bowels of the earth – animals, soldiers and whistles. It is interesting that after several centuries the whistles turned out to be quite working: they did not lose their sonority and you can even play various melodies on them.







All toys are made of clay, but made using different techniques. Among the finds there are quite simple painted white-clay whistles. They were widely distributed in the 18th century, sold at fairs. Items made in the majolica technique were also found. And the found clay soldier is painted with colored watering.

Over the past 11 years, Moscow archaeologists have discovered more than 80,000 finds, and since the beginning of 2022, more than 8,500 artifacts have been found.

Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 28875 dated September 23, 2022

Newspaper headline:
Ancient whistles found in the burned-out emperor’s mansion




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