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Russian Atlantis

Updated on October 25, 2014

The Ancient Sunken City: Phangoria

Not to be confused with Space Shuttle Atlantis, Russian Atlantis is an actual place on earth: buried beneath the Black Sea off the Taman Peninsula. Under the waters lie a portion of the ancient Greek city of Phanagoria. Once a thriving trade community, The submerged ruins contain artifacts from as early as 350 B.C. The area has been Made a bit more famous in recent times because Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has spent time diving there, and found some pieces of ancient urns from among the ruins. Putin is hoping to help the Russian Geographic Society with publicity for the Phangoria Project: An Archaeological restoration of the area.

East Greek Pottery - And other Artifacts of the Region

The Black Sea is rich in Archaeological History. What one might find in sunken Phangoria: Rosette Bowls, Wild Goat Style, Chian, Fikellura, Clazomenian, and Ionian wares.

Fun Fact

The first intimations of Greek presence in the Black Sea area can be traced back to Greek mythology. It is the region where Jason and the Argonauts sailed to find the Golden Fleece.

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Prime Dive

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Scaraboid: Classic Greek Impression Seal - From Pangoria

Pangorian Seal
Pangorian Seal

This small seal is of mottled Jasper, and is housed in St Petersburg. It depicts a heron preening and catching a locust with his foot. Signed "Dexamenos".

Beauty and Ancient Art - Taman Peninsula and the Black Sea

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Pangorian ArtifactsOne of the first Russian Coins.  From Tmutarakan Princedom on the Taman peninsula in Russia  - one of only three "Rus" regions to issue coins before the Mongols took over. Very rare, Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025)Black Sea, on the coast of Batumi, GeorgiaRussia, Taman Peninsula, Azov SeaMithridates - lived from 134-63 BC and was King of Pontus, on the south coast of the Black Sea
Pangorian Artifacts
Pangorian Artifacts
One of the first Russian Coins.  From Tmutarakan Princedom on the Taman peninsula in Russia  - one of only three "Rus" regions to issue coins before the Mongols took over. Very rare, Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025)
One of the first Russian Coins. From Tmutarakan Princedom on the Taman peninsula in Russia - one of only three "Rus" regions to issue coins before the Mongols took over. Very rare, Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025)
Black Sea, on the coast of Batumi, Georgia
Black Sea, on the coast of Batumi, Georgia
Russia, Taman Peninsula, Azov Sea
Russia, Taman Peninsula, Azov Sea
Mithridates - lived from 134-63 BC and was King of Pontus, on the south coast of the Black Sea
Mithridates - lived from 134-63 BC and was King of Pontus, on the south coast of the Black Sea

Have you ever been to the Taman Peninsula - Or dived in the Black Sea?

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      No, but enjoyed learning about this.