Specialists of the Archeology Department of the Sakhalin Regional Museum have successfully completed 2018 field season. During this time, archaeological reconnaissance survey was conducted on the territory of Tomarinsky Urban District Municipality near Lake Ainskoe, as well as rescue archaeological excavations on the territory of Korsakovsky Urban District Municipality in the area of Lake Sedykh.
Archaeologists walked over a hundred kilometers through Sakhalin forests and marshes, explored about twenty cubic meters of soils. As a result of these efforts, ancient human settlements and burials were found, as well as interesting artifacts were collected: stone axes and arrowheads, scrapers, knives, fragments of ceramic pots, ornaments, etc. Specialists have dated collected finds to different time periods.
Items made from stone can be dated to the beginning of the first millennium AD, fragments of pots to the X ‒ XIII centuries, and a glass bead which was found during field season could belong to a Sakhalin Ainu (XIII to XIX centuries).
The end of the field season does not mean the end of the work of the archaeologist. Museum staff will have to make office processing of finds: clean, measure, describe items, form and explore collections.
In the future, archaeologists of the Museum will continue field archaeological research in the vicinity of Lake Ainskoe.
Prepared by: I. K. Orlova, Junior Researcher.