Vintage 19th century graves have been discovered by archaeologists on the territory of the Spaso-Andronikov monastery on Taganka. According to scientists, some of the bones could belong to the descendants of the first wife of Peter the great.
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As told “MK” the chief archaeologist of Moscow Leonid Kondrashov, the find was made on the territory of the monastery necropolis. Now there are builders who are digging a trench for communication lines. According to scientists, this part of the cemetery was badly damaged in the era of the young Soviet power. In 1928 the monastery was closed and destroyed necropolis, burial mix with the earth. So at the moment almost all of the artifacts found represent a multitude of separate bones that protruded from the mountains dug by the workers of the soil. As explained Kondrashov, scary picture scared the local activists. They called the police, but the guards realized what crime the dice are irrelevant. However, the discovery of the findings is still carried out investigation verification. In the normal state, historians have been able to find only two coffins. They have dated the beginning of the 19th century. However, exactly who owns the remains, it will be possible to tell only after research that will be conducted by anthropologists. According to the Regent of the monastery Valeria sutormina, destroyed part of the necropolis at different times were buried saints, monks and bishops. Moreover, this place was the graves of the members of the Lopukhins, leading descended from the first wife of Peter the great – tsarina Eudoxia Lopukhina. However, most Royal person can not be here. Lopukhin died in 1731 and was buried at Novodevichy cemetery. In addition, from the pile of debris and earth, the archaeologists were able to extract pieces of tombstones. They will soon be restored, and the text decoding. And the remains after it is reburied.
Meanwhile, according to the candidate of law Sciences, Professor Sergei Karnaukhov, who is fighting against the destruction of ancient graves on the territory of the monastery, the workers stirred up the remains of soldiers who died either in the great Northern war or the war of 1812. At least some of the bones belonged to a man, received a mortal wound in the leg.