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Oleg's grave, a tumulus

Subject / Relics

The burial of Oleg is a tumulus in Staraya Ladoga Village. The chronicle legend about the death of Prince Oleg (he died in AD 912) connects the place of his burial with Ladoga. In the vicinity of the mound there are known three necropolises included 10-12 mounds. Ladoga Lake region populatuon called the monumental mound in Sopki, the terrain feature, on the Volkhov River high left bank to the south fron the settlement as Oleg's grave. The mound high is more then 5 metres, the diameter is more then 30 metres. In the past there was the triangular boulder laying around the mound foot. In the 1820s Z. Dolengo-Khodakovsky did excavations of the mound top part and found remains of cremation and a petiolar two-spike spear-head of the 8th - middle 9th centuries. Great sizes, massive stone constructions, meagre finds of the archaeological site demonstrate its similarity with "king's" barrows of Uppsala (Sweden). The mound was constructed before the death of Oleg, but it could be the place where the Prince did sacred rituals. After excavations the mound was called "Polaya Sopka" ("Hollow Mound").

Plotkin, Konstantin Moiseyevich

Dolengo-Khodakovsky, Zorian (Adam Charnotsky)
Oleg, Prince

Topographical landmarks/Ladoga Lake
Leningrad Oblast, the/Volkhov District/Staraya Ladoga Village
Topographical landmarks/Volkhov River, the

Лебедев Г. С., Жвиташвили Ю. Б. Дракон «Нево» на Пути из Варяг в Греки: Археол.-навигац. исследование древних водных коммуникаций между Балтикой и Средиземноморьем. СПб., 1999., С.116-118
Кузьмин С.Л. Сопки нижнего Поволховья: взгляд на проблему на исходе ХХ века // Раннесредневековые древности Северной Руси и ее соседей. СПб. 1999., С.97

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