Archaeological excavations on Poshtova Square in Kyiv in 2015-2017 have uncovered evidence of the European origin of the city of Kyiv and ancient streets associated with the historic event of the adoption of Christianity by the Slavic peoples.
As the unique findings indicate, the urban structure of the ancient city was similar to the medieval city centers in Scandinavia (Birka and Sigtuna), Great Britain (York), Poland (Wolin), Germany (Hedeby) formed in the 8–11th centuries as a result of the Viking (Norman) expansion. Kyiv evolved as a city on a fluvial terrace under a hill, in the place where the two Kyiv’s rivers — the Pochaina and the Dnieper — joined their waters. The original area of the city was about 1.4 km². Today this area, one of the central districts of the modern city, is called Podil. Poshtova Square where the excavations are being carried out is located in the southern end of Podil. As per the ancient Slavic annals, this area was the scene for historical events, among them the overthrow of pagan idolatry and the baptism of the townspeople in the waters of the river.
Currently, there exists a crucial need for archaeological findings, further excavations, and the creation of a museum at this historic site since it might assist many Ukrainians in their search for national and cultural identity. The cause has been widely supported by the local community. Activists are willing to protect the site even physically and have been working on promotion of the archaeological findings and their protection against destruction. The net result is that a historical issue has gained geopolitical significance. The threat to the findings is a business interested in constructing an ordinary shopping mall at the archaeological site. Unfortunately, the city authorities of Kyiv actively support this construction project. A part of them, however, joined the protesters in their fight for the creation of a museum there.
Activists fight back against decision of Kyiv authorities to build shopping mall on Kyivan Rus archaeology site (Euromaidan Press, 2018/07/02)