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Vodskaya Land

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VODSKAYA LAND (Votskaya Land), historic, cultural, and administrative region of the middle-age Rus, located in the north-western part of Veliky Novgorod’s lands (western part of the current Leningrad Oblast.) First mentioned in the chronicle c. 1338: the “Bridge Statute” of Prince Yaroslav Yaroslavich of the 1260s mentions “Vochskaya Hundred” identifiable as V. L. The toponym is related to the ethnic community vod that lived in this territory. The exact borders of V. L. are unknown. Most probably, it was located in the interfluve of the River Luga and the River Strelka (however, not including the pogosts in “the Chyud”, i.e. Kotly and Opolye region), reaching Novgorod in the southward direction. The Novgorod scribe roll of 1499/1500 already mentions Vodskaya Pyatina (see Pyatinas.) Many archeological monuments have been found in the V. L. territory (especially in the Izhora Hills) (see Old Russian Burial Mounds, Vod burials.)

Chistyakov, Anton Yuryevich

Yaroslav Yaroslavovich, Prince

Leningrad Oblast, the/Kingisepp District/Kotli Village
Topographical landmarks/Luga River, the
Neighbouring Territories/Novgorod City
Leningrad Oblast, the/Kingisepp District/Opolye Village
Topographical landmarks/Strelka River, the

Рябинин Е. А. Водская земля Великого Новгорода. СПб., 2001.

Subject Index
Burial grounds of the Vod people.
Old Russian Kurgans (barrows)
Vod (Votes)

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