Beachogers Terrified After Small Seaside Cliff Erodes And Reveals Several Human Skeletons
This is the moment a shocked beachgoer films the erosion affecting a small cliff that has unearthed several human skeletons, which, it was later revealed, are part of an old Jewish burial site.
Alexander Shkonda, the chairman of the Okunevsky village council, told local media outlet 5-TV that the remains are part of a Jewish burial site and that he had asked for it to become a protected space in 2015, but nothing was done and now the skeletons are threatening to fall onto the beach.
The video was shot on 14th November near the village of Okunevka, in Crimea, which is a region of Ukraine that was annexed by Russia in 2014.
The footage shows the skeletons partially revealed by the crumbling cliff, with a spinal cord, a skull and other bones clearly visible.
Shkonda also said that it is not clear what exact period the site dates back to, but this is not the first time erosion has led to skeletons becoming exposed.
He said that some believe it is a Karaite cemetery. Karaite Judaism is a Jewish religious movement that considers the written Torah alone as its supreme authority, disregarding the Oral Torah codified in the Talmud.
The Ukraine, the US and Israel are the only countries in the world with a significant Karaite population.
Shkonda said that he first contacted the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in 2015, asking them to establish a protected zone around the site.
However, the committee reportedly did not take the issue on board, and the zone has remained unprotected since.
The police were called to the scene and confirmed that the bodies were part of an ancient burial site and, therefore, no investigation was opened.
Shkonda plans to send an appeal to the Ministry of Culture of Crimea to consider protecting the site and to carry out excavations to find out more details about the ancient grave.