Chersonesos, Ukraine

Condition survey of the collections at the National Preserve of Chersonesos, Ukraine (© MoLAS)

Author: Roy Stephenson

Museum of London Specialist Services conservators and Collections Care staff visited the archaeological stores at The National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos in the Ukraine. The ancient Greek colony of Chersonesos, situated in the extreme south-west corner of Crimea in the Ukraine, was founded in the 6th century BC by colonists from Heraklea Pontika. The site is located in the suburbs of Sevastopol, headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, and one of the most secret places of the Cold War; it was a closed city until 1996. The staff of the National Preserve are highly skilled but lack the resources to do justice to their collections, but with pragmatic experience gained from the establishment of the Museum of London's London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (the LAARC), Specialist Services staff inspected and recorded the stores, library and archive, and created a series of recommendations for the long-term well-being of the collections. The work was carried out in association with University of Texas and Cleere Conservation.

This site report is extracted from MoLAS 2004: annual review

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