Tallinn roadworks halted after archaeological find ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Archeologists have found valuable information beneath Roosikrantsi tänav.
Archeologists have found valuable information beneath Roosikrantsi tänav. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Valuable archaeological finds have been unearthed in the course of reconstruction work on Roosikrantsi Street in the city center of Tallinn, causing the work to be suspended, with archaeological inspection set to begin in the fall.

At the start of reconstruction work, an archaeological cultural layer dating back to the early iron age period (c. 500 BC – 1st century AD) was revealed in Roosikrantsi Street, spokespeople for the Tallinn city government said on Wednesday, August 5. Due to the find, the city temporarily suspended construction works on the street and began a procurement process for conducting an archaeological study on-site.

This work is planned to begin in September and end in November at the latest. The restoration of the street will restart at the earliest opportunity, and will involve the archaelogical work being done in stages, allowing for roadwork to continue as the archaeologists finish with each section.

The archaeological studies will include manual excavation of the substrata underneath the asphalt overlays, and sifting through the cultural layer. The estimated volume of the studies and excavation works is approximately 4,700 cubic meters. 

Depending on weather conditions and the pace of the study, the completion of reconstruction works in Roosikrantsi Street, commissioned by the Urban Environment and Public Works Department of the City of Tallinn, may be delayed until the end of spring 2021.

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