Anton Ashik came to Odessa from Serbia in 1812, and found an entrepreneurial position in 1822 managing trade with the tribes in the Caucasus. He personified the open spirit of New Russia, crowded with foreigners trying to make a place for themselves here. He became an archeologist by accident, by means of the valuables being excavated along the Black Sea littoral. He joined with Ivan Stempkovskii , the mayor of Kerch (the Greek Panticapaeum), French transplant Paul Du Brux and Ivan Blaramberg, together establishing an archeological museum and Kerch, which Ashik later directed. Ashik went from a bad trader to a good archeologist, and wrote the first major text on the Bosporan kingdom.