EXCAVATIONS OF ANCIENT SHIP WRECKS ON THE BUILDING SITE OF THE TIVOLI RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT
In spring 2015, Metro Capital has started in Tallinn, Kadriorg urban region, Tivoli residential district the building of apartment houses. In the course of construction works, the foundation pit was deepened in order to build there an underground garage. All works proceeded according to plan, until one day the excavator driver noticed that also wood remains emerged together with soil. The construction works were stopped immediately and the National Heritage Board was notified.
The employees of the National Heritage Board arrived at the building site and carried out a soil analysis where it was found out that there are remains of at least two ship wrecks on the Tivoli building site.
It was a big surprise for all parts that the excavated ship wrecks are dated from 14th and 16th centuries which makes them one of the rarest findings of its kind in Tallinn. The wrecks were christened after their finders’ names Peeter and Viljo. To the delight of both archaeologists and city people, the ship wrecks were found in good condition and lots of historical and exciting findings come to light in the neighbourhood. Have a look at the gallery of found items.
In co-operation with Nordecon AS, Metro Capital was succeeded in excavating the ship wrecks intact and lifting them out of the Tivoli building site.
The majority of these findings were brought to the Estonian Maritime Museum for renovation, and after some years, everybody can admire them in the museum. The smallest of the found cogs was submerged in the cove known to the National Heritage Board where it will stay until the start of renovation works.
As it has to do with such a unique and historically important finding, we have decided to erect in honour of the finding of ship wrecks a ship-formed playing ground beside the new apartment houses that will remind their future inhabitants this precious discovery.