AuthorAlexandrovskiy, Alexander L.
van der Plicht, Johannes
Chichagova, Olga A.
Kovaliukh, Nikolai N.
Sulerzhitsky, Leopold D.
KeywordsMoscow Russian Federation
Red Square Moscow
Commonwealth of Independent States
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CitationAlexandrovskiy, A. L., van der Plicht, J., Krenke, N., Chichagova, O., Kovaliukh, N., & Sulerzhitsky, L. D. (1998). The early history of Moscow: 14C dates from Red Square. Radiocarbon, 40(2), 583-589.
DescriptionFrom the 16th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Gronigen, Netherlands, June 16-20, 1997.
AbstractFor the first time, a series of 14C dates has been obtained for samples from the archaeological excavations in Red Square, the historical center of Moscow. The remains of burned dwellings from the bottom of the cultural layer were dated as well as dispersed charcoal from the underlying plough soil. The results correspond to a 200-yr time interval and prove that arable activity at the site began as early as the late 11th century AD. The field belonged to Moscow itself or to rural settlements nearby. The oldest dwelling was built ca. The late 12th-early 13th century AD.