Illiriya Off The Beaten Path

  • At the ancient site not far from Illyria
    At the ancient site not far from Illyria
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  • At the ancient site not far from Illyria
    At the ancient site not far from Illyria
    by hunterV
  • At the ancient site not far from Illyria
    At the ancient site not far from Illyria
    by hunterV

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    Future Archeological Park

    by hunterV Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    The ancient archeological site is officially called The Marl Ridge, although the stones are not exactly marl.
    It is also called The Stonehenge of Luhansk and The Second Great Wall of China.
    Its dimensions are impressive: about 1.3 square kilometers, which is not the entire area of the site.
    The archeological excavations began in 2005.
    Now this place is considered to be the first ancient sacral place in Eastern Europe where people used to worship the Sun God.
    There are plans of turning this site into an archeological park, although it means a lot of studies and investments.
    Here are some useful links:
    Wiki about Marl Range
    Archeologists at Work
    An illustrated story

    The archeological excavations at the ancient site We saw the archeological excavations The archeological excavations at the ancient site The archeological excavations at the ancient site The archeological excavations at the ancient site
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    The River Vilkhova

    by hunterV Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    The River Vilkhova (the Olkhovka in Russian, the Alder River in English) is the right tributary of the Luhanka, the river on which Luhansk stands.
    It is mostly less than a meter deep.
    Within Illyria its depth reaches from two to three meters.
    The river flows mostly in villagers' gardens.
    There are two bridges across the village on the territory of Illyria.

    The village river The village river The village river On the rivebank Enjoying the views and the atmosphere
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    Ancient Site

    by hunterV Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    We have discovered this place recently after reading numerous articles about it.
    Thanks to my friend Basil in Illyria we found it rather fast. He took us there in his car, but had to look for it.
    Here is an article about it in Guardian:
    Bronze Age pyramid found in Ukraine
    Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    Friday September 8, 2006

    The Guardian

    Archaeologists in Ukraine have unearthed the remains of an ancient pyramidal structure that pre-dates those in Egypt by at least 300 years. The stone foundations of the structure, which probably resembled Aztec and Mayan ziggurats in South America, were discovered near the eastern city of Lugansk.

    It is thought they were laid about five millennia ago during the early Bronze Age by animists who worshipped a sun god. The "pyramid" is in fact a complex of temples and sacrificial altars topping a sculpted hillside with steps on its sides.

    Viktor Klochko, head of the excavation, said the discovery was of international significance. "This is the first monument of its age and kind found in eastern Europe," he told the Guardian. "It changes our whole conception of the social structure and the level of development of the cattle breeders and farmers who were the direct ancestors of most European peoples."

    There are about 100 pyramids in Egypt, and the remains of Mesopotamian pyramids are preserved in Iraq and Iran. Ziggurats are also found in Mexico, and the Nubians built pyramids as burial sites for monarchs in the Nile valley. But pyramid structures are rare in Europe. One of the few is a Roman-era pyramid near Nice, France, that may have been built by legionnaires involved in an Egyptian cult.

    Although graves have been found at the Lugansk site, archaeologists think it was used for sacrifice by burning, rather than as a burial ground. "People lived in the surrounding valleys and climbed up it to carry out their ceremonies," said Mr Klochko. "They had a pagan cult that bowed down to the sun, as did the ancestors of the Slavs."

    Remains of sacrifice victims, ashes and ceramics have been found at the site, but no jewellery or treasure. The complex, which covered three-quarters of a square mile and was around 60 metres (192ft) high, was probably used for 2,000 years.

    "What surprised me most is the scale of this enormous complex," Stanislav Mogilny, a student working on the excavation, told Russian television. It's just incredible - a titanic feat."

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    Explore the Neighboring Hills

    by hunterV Updated Oct 6, 2010

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    This is what you will wish while strolling towards the village center.
    These hills can be seen from the cathedral.
    It's nice to see the huge pieces of stratified stone at the brink of the hill.
    Be careful! Mind you don't slide down.
    You can reach the nearby hill if you walk along Mir Street (Peace Street) towards the village cemetery.
    It is very easy to climb the hill.
    The wonderful views of the village are your reward.
    Also, you can see the higher hill that is about a mile away and what they call Big Canyon.
    Be careful when you ascend the top of the hill and watch your feet.
    There are a lot of wild flowers there: wild carnation, thyme, feather grass and others.
    We also saw a lot of wild sweetbriars at the Big Canyon.

    Thyme at Mir Street hill of stratified stone Feather grass at Mir Street hill At the Big Canyon of Illyria At the Big Canyon of Illyria At the Big Canyon of Illyria
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