Tourist Routes Exploring Ancient Hillforts

Kunynsʹke horodyshche pershe (First Kunyn Hillfort)

The First Kunyn Hillfort is located on the south-eastern outskirts of the Kunyn village in Zdovbytsia Territorial Community in the “Zamok” Isolated Terrain. It is on the eastern edge of the hill, which rises 55 m above the valley of the Ustia River.

Status:

Archaeological Monument of National Importance

Location:

Rivne Oblast, Zdovbytsia Territorial Community (Hromada), Kunyn Village.

Coordinates:

50.43541, 26.18042

Travel Distance to the city centre of the city of Rivne:

27,9 km

Description:

The site of the hillfort is oval with the sizes of 90×80 m, the perimeter is protected by a rampart that at maximum points is 3.5 m high on the western field-facing side, on the other sides its height is 1.5–2.0 m. On the side of the field-facing rampart (the one facing the enemy), there is a moat in front of the rampart (nowadays it is not deep, as it has been destroyed during a long period of time by ploughing). The moat is up to 10 m wide and 1.0–1.5 m deep. On the other sides, the moat turns into a horizontal terrace.

The modern entrance to the hillfort is located near its south-western corner; however the old entrance was probably on the north side, where there is a gap in the rampart. The material collected on the site had fragments of pottery of the 10th – 11th and 17th – 18th centuries.

Bohdan Pryshchepa, Oleksii Voitiuk and Vasyl Chekurkov conducted the survey in 2010 during the joint archaeological reconnaissance. The next stage of the research was in 2019.

Historic reference: Oleksii Voitiuk, photograph and video: Yurii Oitsius

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