Treasures from Kyiv Pechersk Lavra found in Moscow museum (Photo)
Ukrainian archeologist Timur Bobrovsky, who was randomly scrolling through the digitized archives of a Moscow museum, discovered at least 57 precious objects made of gold, silver and precious stones from the sacristies of the Sophia and Assumption Cathedrals of Kyiv.
Most of the items discovered had been previously presumed lost.
"But it turned out that they were preserved," the researcher wrote on Facebook, adding that, unfortunately, they have been stored outside Ukraine.
He noted he had discovered them among some 900,000 digitized images of exhibits on the site of Moscow-based State Historical Museum of the Russian Federation.
"I hope that 'my' find will be useful to everyone who is not indifferent to the Ukrainian heritage. And it seems there's still a lot of treasures there," he wrote.
"Of the 119 items listed in the catalog according to the data of the 1930s, I was able to identify 57 Kyiv items on the site, of which at least four dozen were presumed lost forever. And I only looked at part of the digitized collection," the archaeologist wrote.