Gallery: 118 skeletons excavated in Sillamäe

More than 100 skeletons found during construction work in Sillamäe are being excavated by archaeologists in Ida-Viru County.

The first skeletons were found below Kesktänav at the beginning of June.

The archaeologists working at the site believe they have found a cemetery which historians do not have data about as previous construction work carried out during the Soviet era prohibited historians from examining the bones.

Archaeologist Martin Malve said some of the skeletons have been found with clothes and hair.  

Malve said there was probably a village cemetery in the area based on the large numbers of burials found.  

He thinks the oldest bones found date from the end of the 16th century, after the Livonian War, and the newest are from the Great Northern War (1700-1721). 


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Editor: Helen Wright

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