In the center of the Chernihiv city builders have excavated remains of an ancient cemetery dated to the 11-13th centuries. Diggers found 30 tombs of the first Christians ? men, women and children. It is only a small part of the big necropolis. Historians say the archeological find proves that Chernihiv was a very powerful city in the times of Kyiv Rus?.
In accordance with ancient customs, Christians were buried without decoration. But it was dug out a lot of nails ? only what remained from wooden coffins of the 11 century. Anthropologists assert that examination of remains of skeletons, which have been lying underground for nine hundred years, can show diseases then citizens suffered.