THE LAND OF PRONCHISHCHEV.
The historical-archaeological expedition
of the Adventure Club in the period from July 1 till July
25, 1999 investigated the burial place of the Pronchishchev's
married couple, situated in the Ust-Olenek settlement of the
Bulunsky region of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
Vasily and Tatiana Pronchishchev participated
in the Great North Expedition (1732–1743). Vasily Vasilievich
was the chief of the group, working at the coast of the Arctic
Ocean between the rivers Lena and Enisey. Tatiana Feodorovna
set out on a voyage together with her husband and became the
first woman – polar explorer in the world.
In accordance with the historical version
the Pronchishchev's died of scurvy and were buried at the
mouth of the Olenek River. For almost one hundred years their
grave remained without any care, and at the end of the XX
century there appeared reasonable questions: who was buried
in the Pronchishchev's grave, what was the reason of their
death, how did Vasily and Tatiana look like?
The expedition of the Adventure Club set the following objectives:
- Investigation of the burial place of Vasily Pronchshchiv
and his wife Tatyana Feodorovna Pronchishchev;
- Ascertainment of the cause of death;
- Creation of portrait images;
- Search of the traces of the Russian trade colony of XVII
The excavations were carried out in conformity with the Government
of the Sakha Republic (Yakitia), the State Committee of the
Russian Federation on the problems of the North, the Ministry
of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation, the Federal
Frontier Guards Service, the Administration of the Bulunsky
region of the Republic Sakha (Yakutia), the Institute of Archaeology
of the Russian Academy of Sciences.