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Old Russian chronicle miniature XIII,                 

Rurik sends Ascold and Dira from Novgorod

to Kiev in year 862

Roerich, “Oversea guests”, 1901

 

 

The Novgorod’s burial mounds are the oldest witnesses for the Nordic-Slavic relationships from the VIII – IX centuries located around the lake Ilmen’. These “Pyramids of the North” – resting-places of the first Old Russia’s leaders are direct analogues of Scandinavian barrows. The appearance of the hundreds of burial mounds in Novgorod oblast’ and Staraya Ladoga had become a result of the active connections of Scandinavian and Slavic people, united in VIII century by the famous trade route “The way from Varangians to Greeks”.

The overall objective of the Project is to facilitate cooperation in the field of culture between Russian Federation (Great Novgorod region, Staraya Ladoga), Sweden and Denmark based on the common rich historical background from Viking époque. To raise the awareness of the Russian and North-European citizens about common historical roots and rich cultural heritage is one of the Project’s tasks.

Geographically the Project is focused in Batetsky region of Novgorod oblast’ where a complex of archeological monuments with historical name “Peredolsky Pogost” had been discovered during excavation works from in 1970 -2000, it includes well-known SHUM GORA, unique both in terms of size and shape.  

The leading Nordic museums dealing with Viking times, namely, Gotland Museum from Sweden, Vejle Museum and Roskilde Museum from Denmark together with leading Russian archeological experts and researches participate in the Project as a partners or associated partners. To establish a network and long term partnerships between them for future cooperation and joint activities is one of the Project’s objectives.  The result of such cooperation in the framework of the Project will be the establishment of the first in Russia open air archeological site museum of Viking Age on the territory of 2, 5 hectare where interactive forms of museum activity – Living History reconstruction are going to be run as well.

The site museum in Batetsky region together with already existing Rurikovo Gorodishe and “Slavic Villiage” in Lubyatino will become a new touristic destination attractive for cultural travelers both from Russia and Nordic-Baltic countries - will be promoted as a complex of cultural heritage from Viking Age related to The Way from Varangian to Greeks”. To learn how to run locally based museum and how to promote local cultural destinations andto use culture as a motor for the regional development will be possible by transfer knowledge and experience from Nordic experts. 

One of the Projects’ major events– the Conference “The Way from Varangians to Greeks” is going to be a part of the 1150 anniversary officiall celebration of the Old Russian State foundation.

 

Interactive show, SHUM GORA, Batetsky region, 2011

Finds of Nordic origin in Novgorod oblastj