This was more than a typical day of road construction.
Contractors working on an MCC-funded road rehabilitation project in Moldova made an unusual discovery recently when they uncovered what turned out to be a 9,000-year-old house.
Archeologists from the Moldovan Ministry of Culture and the National Agency for Archaeology were brought in, and found pottery, tools, flints, and housing materials from 7000 B.C.
The archaeologists have known about this area since 1953, when crews building the original road discovered artifacts from the Chalcolithic period, also known as the Copper Age. Archeologists suspected that additional sites were nearby and, after the recent discovery, they have formally requested that the MCC-funded contractors stop work to give them time to investigate. Despite the halt in work, the excavation is not expected to affect the timeline for completion of the 93 kilometers of road rehabilitation MCC is currently funding in Moldova.
The area has been cordoned off, and archeologists are working to unearth the full site with the support of the contractors. Once they have completed their work, the materials will be cleaned, labeled and put on display at the Cultural History Museum in Chisinau for the public to enjoy.
This is just one example of how seriously MCC takes its commitment to preserving cultural sites and patrimony.
“The archaeological research on the construction site of the road segment to be rehabilitated with compact funds was a surprise for us and did not fit in our rehabilitation plans,” MCA-Moldova Executive Director Valentina Badrajan told me. “Yet we are happy that these works near the village of Rogojeni discovered some valuable vestiges of our country. We have contributed to putting one piece in the puzzle of our history into place.”