Flooded past


Since November 2017, the second hall of the Kyiv Regional Archaeological Museum hosts the exhibition “Flooded Past” – materials of archaeological research near the village Zhovnino.


Zhovnino is a village in Hradiz district, Poltava region, until 1959. Due to the construction of the Kremenchug HPP, it was moved to the southern terrace of the Dnieper. 6 km from its former location, as it fell into the flood zone. Today it is a village of Chornobayiv district, Cherkasy region.

The territory of the old village with a centuries-old history appeared under water.


Archeological research

During the 60s and 70s of the 20th century, the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR conducted exploration and security excavations. Both on the shores of the Kremenchug Reservoir and on the islands, in particular on the territory of the former Zhovnino. Volodymyr Dyadenko, Dmytro Telegin, Lyudmyla Rutkivska, Oleksandr Motsia and others were engaged in the research.

Archaeological excavations have revealed settlements of the Early Iron Age in the Vasyuna tract. Settlements of the Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Chernyakhiv culture were located on Zhovnyn Island, in its eastern part. And the ancient Rus settlement of the chronicle Zheldy and the Cossack town-fortress Zhovnin. On an island in the waters of the Kremenchug reservoir, before the flood the settlement was located in the central part of the old Zhovnin.

The exhibition “Flooded Past” presents materials of the Bronze Age, Chernyakhiv culture and the Cossacks. Archaeological finds from the excavations of Dyadenko Volodymyr and Rutkivska Lyudmyla in 1963-1973. During a water drop in the Kremenchug Sea at the site of the former Zhovnino and its environs.

Materials provided by the Institute of Archeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for temporary exhibition.



  1. National History Museum of Ukraine National History Museum of Ukraine started funtioning as City Museum of Antiquity and Arts with the display of archaeological exhibition in honor of XI All Russian Archaeological Convention that took place in Kyiv from August 1 till August, 20, 1899. The official opening of the museum took place in 1904. Museum of Historical Jewelleries of Ukraine is a constituent part of the National History Museum of Ukraai In collection of the first there are masterpieces of world value dated back to 4 period from VI century A.A.C till XX century A.D. The collection of Scythian gold considered to be one of the best in the world. The collection of Jewish cult silver of XVIII—XX centuries is known in Ukraine and far abroad.

  2. Our knowledge of the prehistoric Indians of Tennessee is a result of over 150 years of archaeological investigations. Archaeology is the scientific discipline responsible for the recovery and interpretation of the remains of past cultures. Modern archaeology has three basic objectives: first, employing excavations and analysis based on scientific principles, archaeologists seek to develop temporal sequences of past cultures; second, archaeologists seek to reconstruct the lifeways of past human societies; and third, archaeologists address the evolution and operation of cultural systems—topics such as the origins of agriculture and changes in political organization. Places where cultural remains are found are called sites, and these may be as simple as a location where several arrowheads are found and as complex as a ten acre village and mound complex.

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