Support The Moscow Times!

Construction Workers Unearth Medieval Homes in Tula

Construction workers in the city of Tula unearthed medieval homes and jewelry while building an underground car park near the city's kremlin, a local museum said Monday.

The workers have now handed over digging duties to archeologists from the local Kulikovo Field museum who said they had identified homes and possessions dating back as far as the 16th century.

Archeologists said in a statement that the earliest finds were homes built by potters and bricklayers who settled in the area when working on the city's kremlin, or fortress.

A century later the Uspensky Monastery appeared on the site, while stone buildings were added from the 18th century onward.

Aside from buildings, archeologists chanced upon household goods, weapons, decorative items and a baptismal cross. The finds will be on display at the Kulikovo Field museum for visitors to see once the excavation work is completed.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.