The site is in
a nice place in the valley of Oredezh - the river that flyes to Luga (some
130 km far from St.Petersburg). In the early medieval eriod it was a non-ordinary
settlement with a kind of fortification. It appeared in late 10 c. AD and
was a significant center of former Novgorod Land up to the 13th c. (for
more information here)
began the excavations on the site in 1998 and every year some 20-30 persons
from St.Petersburg, its area and also from all over the world (USA,
Holland) go there
to have 2-3 week excavations. We live in the tents just near the site,
there is also a very nice lake nearby.
two ways of accommodation: 1. To live in the camp near the settle-ment;
2. To live in small hotel (only in Tesovo region). For the first one You
need a sleeping pocket and a tent and for the second You need to pay about
4-5 EUR a day.
2. Shapki expedition
site is in the wood very close (50 km) to St.Petersburg, but in a really
wild place (3 km far from the villages). There is a settlement appeared
in XIV c. AD. The area is full of small hills ("shapki" means "hats" in
Russian) and in XV c. a stone church had appeared there built by a Novgorod
nobleman. But then, in late XVIth c. the church was destroyed and the place
We had small
archaeological experience on the site in 1999 and 2000. During them the
ruins of the church and the remains of nearby settlement were founded.
Our main aim in 2003 is to continue researching the settlement.
There in Shapki,
there will be a camp, so the participants must live in tents.
Participants Main participants
of the expeditions are St.Petersburg researchers (head of the expedition,
laborants), also undergraduate students of St.Petersburg University. Everytime
the pupils of 14-17 years of secondary schools of Leningradskaja oblast'
also take part in the expedition. The last condition is by all means neces-sary
because it makes our expedition a socially oriented and the municipial
ad-ministration supports us in accommodation and meals. The whole number
of participants is about 15-20.
Our Institute can not pay anything to the volunteers. You are to come to
Russia by Your own and pay about 60 EUR for a week. If You can advice us
a source or a foundation to compensate Your expenses we will be very glad.
for Complex Social Researches