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Berestye Archeological Site


Berestye Archeological Site is an abandoned medieval Slavic settlement that gave rise to a city of modern day Brest, Belarus. Berestye Archeological Site is one of the best preserved archeological sites that offers and an unique look into lives of common people.



Location: Brest, Belarus

Volynskoe ukreplenie of the Brest Fortress

Open: 9am- 6pm

Closed: Monday




Description of Berestye Archeological Site

Berestye is a medieval settlement that dates back to the 13th century. Slavic tribes settled a promontory formed by the rivers of Western Bug and Mukhavets Rivers. This natural boundaries on one hand offered protection from attacks. At the same time rivers served as sources of fish and natural highways for trade with neighbors. The site of Berestye was largely abandoned in the 14- 15th century due to encroaching marshlands. Residents didn't completely left the area, they simply moved to a safer location thus keeping the city of Berestye and later Brest alive.


Berestye Archeological Site was excavated in 1968- 81 under supervision of Dr. P.F. Lysenko of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences. Archeologists discovered remains of 28 log cabins along with wooden log walkways. Berestye covered at least 1118 square meters. Additionally they discovered over 1400 artifacts of daily lives. Berestye Archaeological Museum was opened on March 2, 1982.