Throughout many centuries, Novgorod was a political center of vast territories stretching up from the Baltic lands and Finland in the West to the northern Urals in the East. Novgorod is the cradle of Russian republican and democratic traditions.It was also one of the greatest international trade centers on the Baltic-Volga commercial route that tied northern Europe with Asia as early as the mid - 8th century. In the course of over 600 years, up till 1478, all vital decisions on its life and foreign policy were taken by the "veche" - an ancient parliament comprising the representatives of the town aristocracy families.
Fresco "Apostle Peter" The adoption of Christianity at the close of the tenth century turned Novgorod into a powerful ecclesiastical center.
The efforts of Novgorod Bishops in spreading and promoting the Orthodoxy were given high credit in the mid-12th century when they were elevated to the ranks of Archbishops which made the Bishops Chair of Novgorod the most powerful in the Russian Orthodoxy.
The same theory has been applied to the Song of Deborah (i.e. This connection was made when scholars studying some of the archives found at Ugarit, located to the North of the battleground at modern day Ras Shamra, discovered the name of a prince of a nearby Shardana colony dating to the 14th century BCE.
His name was Zi-za-ru-wa or Si-sa-ru-wa; that is, Sisera.
The coffins are believed to belong to the kings of Shu during the Warring States Period. According to Zhu Zhangyi, an archaeologist and deputy chief of the Jinsha Site Museum in Chengdu, boat-shaped coffins were very popular in Sichuan during the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period.
Scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind method for determining the age of ancient artifacts without causing damage to the objects.
A large amount of bronze ware was found in the coffins, including cicadas, tigers and dragons, said Wang Tianyou, an archaeologist with the Chengdu Cultural Relic Archaeology and Research Institute.
In 2000, archeologists from his institute found lots of boat-shaped coffins in the Commercial Street in downtown Chengdu.
In theory, it could even be used to date the Shroud of Turin." Rowe explained that the new method is a form of radiocarbon dating, the archaeologist's standard tool to estimate the age of an object by measuring its content of naturally-occurring radioactive carbon.
A professor emeritus at Texas A&M University College Station, Rowe teaches at a branch of the university in Qatar.
Archaeologists have discovered nearly 200 boat-shaped coffins dating from between the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), in Chengdu, Sichuan province.