Russia: Ancient pottery discovered off Crimean coast

Thousands of fragments of ancient pottery were discovered on Monday, during construction works on the Kerch Strait bridge which connects the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula. The majority of the fragments appear to be from Greek-style amphorae jugs, with the artefacts dates ranging between the fourth and fifth centuries. Two diving stations with members from the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences have been on board and working in the strait since July. The Kerch Strait was the main crossing point on the trade route from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Azov for more than two thousand years. Often cargo was damaged en route, with sailors then simply tipping the material overboard as a result. According to reports, the oldest findings will be exhibited in the Kerch Historical and Cultural Museum in Crimea.