Photo by Media Center Ukraine – Odesa: Kateryna Chueva, deputy minister of culture and information policy of Ukraine
July 18, 2023, 14:43

Several archaeological excavations are working in the areas affected by the Kakhoska hydroelectric dam explosion

They are supervised by an interdepartmental coordination centre headed by Minister of culture and information policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko. Kateryna Chueva, deputy minister of culture and information policy of Ukraine, said this at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Odesa.

She noted that this center was established two weeks ago, and its main task is to synchronize the efforts of all authorities to preserve cultural heritage.

“Our two main problems are that as a result of the dam blowing up, significant areas became shallow and accessible to diggers and ‘black archaeologists. Also,  as a result of the blowing up, significant areas downstream of the Dnipro were flooded, which affected the state of archaeological heritage sites. And now all the stakeholders, including the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and local authorities, have set up several expeditions that are now working there,” – the official said.

She added that expeditions are also working on Khortytsia island and other sites downstream of the Dnipro. 

“It’s not possible to access some areas as the frontline is too close. We also do not disseminate detailed information about the work of these expeditions. But they are operating, and this work is supported by international donors,” – the official added.

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