25 July 2022

Coins from the times of Ivan the Terrible have been found at the place of the future Tver bypass road on the М-11 Neva

First archaeological finds were discovered during preparation of the ground for construction of the Tver bypass road at the 3rd stage of the М-11 Neva.

About 60% of the planned volume are uncovered by archaeologists in the territory of Selishche Romanovo I heritage site. They found cellars there, which were parts of mansions in late Middle Ages. As the ceramics fragments found at the excavation site show, the life in Selishche was booming in 15th–16th centuries. Early reports indicate that the settlement was abandoned no later than in the 17th century. The memorial was discovered only in 1994 in the course of reconnaissance works on the Moscow – Saint Petersburg highway.

Wooden buildings did not survive several centuries, but the following items, typical for Middle Age settlements, were found in cellars and underfloor spaces: metal keys for the16th century padlocks, a spur, bar bits, a clay child penny whistle, a bronze signet ring, clamps, knives, personal godliness items, baptismal crosses.

A steel piece for striking sparks from flint, as well as a tip for a male set belt were found. At that time, the social status of a person could be recognized by the belt metal decoration. Coins of the Grand Duchy of Tver from the 15th century and silver coins of Boris Aleksandrovich Tverskoy (governor in 1425–1461) were found at the excavation site. Silver and copper coins of Ivan the Terrible produced in the middle of the 16th century.

Works are underway, and archaeologists are expecting for new findings.