Archaeologists excavating in eastern Crimea have discovered an ancient Greek settlement which had been previously unknown.

The researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences Archeological Institute had been conducting excavations when they came across this settlement, which dates back to the 4th-3rd century BC.

The site contains a residential area resembling an estate and a domestic zone with hen pens and middens. It is located near Kerch and dates to a period of flourish for the Bosporan Kingdom, according to chairman of the State Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Yefimov. He added that the community inhabited an area which stretched across 5,000 square metres and was called Manitra. Near the settlement researchers found a necropolis, with no apparent signs of looting, so perhaps more valuable findings in the future will shed more light to the story.