May 10, 2024

Protecting The Ancients

Protecting The Ancients


One February morning in 2023, retired couple Tatyana and Gennady Sergeyev were guarding an old, wooden bridge across the Kulenga River. They had been keeping a regular watch for a week by that point, in order to stop 13-ton tank-like vehicles from crossing the bridge. No, war hadn’t come to their village. The heavy machinery was carrying geologists on a mission to search for oil and gas.

Tatyana had seen the first “tank” through her window a week earlier. Geologists had entered the forest eight kilometers from the village of Belousovo and started working next to a local historical site, the Talma pisanitsy – images chiseled into or painted on rock faces by ancient humans. Village residents heard explosions – the geologists were destroying an ancient human settlement directly opposite the artwork, where one-of-a-kind iron-age treasures were preserved underground.

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