When celebrate the Day of the Archaeologist
People search for ancient objects for a long time, but devote their lives to excavations - units. To draw attention to the importance of the profession, an official Archaeologist Day was established, the date of which falls on August 15. This holiday was established without binding to discoveries or events.
Ancient finds were always of interest to people: already in the Ipatiev Chronicle, the fact of finding glass beads in Ladoga, on the bank of the Volkhov, was recorded. Official excavations were carried out in the 15th century in Pskov where they wanted to find the foundation of the Vlasia church, which was the oldest in the city.
In the XVII century, they discovered and documented burial mounds, fortifications, and places where the remains of ancient animals were found. On the Day of the archaeologist-2013, you can visit such places and become imbued with history.
In 1839, the Society for History and Antiquities in Odessa appeared, in 1946 - the Russian Archaeological Society in St. Petersburg. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Museum of Fine Arts was opened, which included the archaeological finds of the ancient era.
Archeology was recognized as a scientific discipline in 1922. At the same time, large excavations begin in Moscow and Veliky Novgorod. These cities like to visit tourists on the Day of the Archaeologist. Researchers of the Moscow bowels confirmed that it was Prince Yuri Dolgoruky who founded the capital. And in Veliky Novgorod we found the first birch bark letter, which contained information about the way of life and traditions of our ancestors.
Now in many places of Russia archaeological excavations are carried out. Researchers are trying to judge the life of ancient people from found objects, as many official records of those years were deliberately destroyed during wars and the change of leaders of the state.
How did the Day of the Archaeologist
The appearance of the holiday is associated with several legends. One of them says that researchers of the depths wanted to relax and invited the leader of the expedition to celebrate the birthday of the horse of the great commander Alexander the Great - Bucephalus, who just happened on August 15. The head agreed, and the holiday began. Since that time, the tradition began to celebrate this date every year, but already as the Day of the Archaeologist.
The second version assumes that the celebration is connected with the birthday of the archeologist-tripolyeveda TS. Passek. The expedition under her leadership became the "forge of cadres", so the participants chose a symbolic date. And then the tradition spread across all the cities of the country.
The holiday is also celebrated in Byelorussia, in 2008 the Day of the Archaeologist in Ukraine was approved. On a solemn date there are meetings, conferences, seminars on the exchange of experience, dedications to archaeologists. Some people on this day like to visit museums with ancient artifacts and learn new historical facts.
We still do not know much from the past, and some of the finds give riddles to humanity or even contradict the universally recognized facts. Maybe our ancestors were smarter than us? Some day specialists will find the answer to this question. In this they will help archeology.