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Georadar research of ancient monasteries of Northern Russia completed

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/60590.htm Georadar research of ancient monasteries of Northern Russia completed Kargopol, April 2, 2013 Georadar research has
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      Georadar research of ancient monasteries of Northern Russia completed
      Kargopol, April 2, 2013

      Georadar research has been completed on the territory of ancient
      Monasteries in the Kargopol district (the Arkhangelsk region in Russia).
      The research was conducted by the preservation of historical heritage
      "Emperor" fund with support of the fund, "Severny krai" (Northern
      regions). Work has been carried out in the St. Alexander of Oshevensk
      and St. Kirill of Chelmogorsk Monasteries, as well as in the town of
      Kargopol. The researchers believe that results may prove sensational.

      Metropolitan Daniel of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogory, the head of the
      administration of the Kargopol district Andrei Egorov, organizers of
      georadar research, heads of settlements, heads of government
      institutions and businessmen of Kargopol took part in the press
      conference devoted to this event.

      Metropolitan Daniel noted that these ancient places of the north are
      holy places. "Not so many holy sites have remained in Russia,” said the
      Hierarch. “And pain remains in the heart. This is the Russia that we
      have lost... Our first task is to take the Orthodox faith from our
      ancestors, to preserve it and to pass it on to future generations. When
      you see that you have failed to preserve it, to pass it on, then you
      begin to worry for future of the country".

      Vladimir Stanulevich, the secretary of the Board of Trusties of the
      Emperor fund, informed that the results of research in the St. Alexander
      of Oshevensk Monastery may turn out to be a scientific sensation. "An
      object has been discovered there and its characteristics require more
      precise definition. We will get the final answer in a couple of months.
      We hope it proves to be a scientific discovery not only on the district
      level, but also on the regional and the national level on the whole,"
      stressed Vladimir Stanulevich.

      A number of objects have been discovered with georadar and there is a
      strong possibility that they are burial sites. It is still impossible to
      conclude whether or not they are the graves of saints.

      The Emperor fund of preservation of historical heritage has been
      actively cooperating with the Arkhangelsk Metropolia. It has carried out
      considerable scientific research and educational work on the history of
      Russia's north in recent times. Georadar research has been performed in
      Kholmogory, in the St. Antony of Siya Monastery and in the Monastery of
      Solovki. The grave of St. Antony of Siya has been examined, as also have
      the supposed graves of the saintly brothers, Felix and Antony of Korela
      in the St. Nikolos of Korela Monastery (now a machinery plant in the
      town of Severodvinsk) have been discovered as well as the graves of two
      of bishops of Kholmogory in the Cathedral of Transfiguration in
      Kholmogory. Furthermore, remains of a wooden wall of the Kholmogory
      fortress and the foundation of the demolished Cathedral of Holy Trinity
      near the a theatre in Arkhangelsk have been discovered, mass graves in
      Liavlia and Kommunarka (the Moscow region) and the courtyard of the
      Solovetsky Monastery have been examined, reports Pravoslaviye na
      severnoi zemle (Orthodoxy in the Northern Lands).
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