Municipal authorities have ordered a temporary stop of work on a construction site in the area of a protected archaeology site along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.
The ongoing rapid construction was apparently started just ahead of Sunday’s early general elections in Bulgaria, and raised among an outcry among environmentalists and the general public.
The site appears to fall within the area of the Yaylata National Archaeological Reserve, located in a scenic area near the village of Kamen Bryag.
Monday Bulgaria’s Ministry of Environment announced it has found that the ongoing construction does not comply with the construction permit issued.
The permit refers to “Reconstruction of a roof and masonry of a fisherman’s hut,” while builders have already erected two stories of a massive concrete building. Read more.
When WHOI geologist Liviu Giosan first reconstructed the history of how the Danube River built its delta, he was presented with a puzzle.
In the delta’s early stages of development, the river deposited its sediment within a protected bay. As the delta expanded onto the Black Sea shelf in the late Holocene and was exposed to greater waves and currents, rather than seeing the decline in sediment storage that he expected, Giosan found the opposite. The delta continued to grow. In fact, it has tripled its storage rate.
If an increase in river runoff was responsible for the unusual rapid build up of sediment in the delta, says Giosan, the question is, “Was this extraordinary event in the Danube delta felt in the entire Black Sea basin? And if so, what caused it?” Read more.
Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered a treasure of bronze coins during excavations in the Black Sea resort town of Sozopol.
The treasure was found hidden in a small jar, and consists of 225 Ancient Greek bronze coins, explained the leader of the archaeological team, Prof. Krastina Panayotova, as cited by the Focus news agency.
The coins are well-preserved, and were minted in Sozopol in the 4th century; they were found during excavations of a necropolis in the Budzhaka area close to the Black Sea town, she explained.
“They were not found in a grave, they are not part of a funeral, this is a treasure, a “classical” case of buried treasure. Read more.
A Bulgarian businessman has donated an absolutely unique Ancient Thracian statue to the Archaeology Museum in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna.
The statue of the so called Thracian Horseman, also known as Thracian Heros, the supreme deity of the Ancient Thracians, was presented at a news conference inVarna Monday.
The statue in question was donated to the Varna Archaeological Museum by a local businessman, Georgi Bonin, who found it in a house that he inherited from his family in the village of Brestovitsa, Plovdiv District, that he was clearing in order to sell it.
The Thracian Horseman statue, which is dated to the end of 2nd and beginning of the 3rd century, was discovered in several pieces, and Bonin took it to the VarnaArchaeological Museum where it has been put together and restored.
“When I found out how precious it is, I decided that the only place for this statue is in the museum,” Bonin explained Monday, as cited by BGNES. Read more.
Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed an Ancient Greek vase featuring an erotic scene during excavations in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.
The vase was found on Sunday during digs which first started in October 2011, and target the fortress wall of what once was one of the largest Greek polises on the Black Sea coast, and the ruins of the St. Nikolas of Myra monastery.
It was discovered in the oldest archaeological layers in Sozopol dating back from the end of the 7th century to the middle of the 6th century BC, announced Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, Director of Bulgaria’s National History Museum, who described the erotic scene on the vase as depicting “group sex”.
“This vase, which was unfortunately found in several fragments, presents a very strong erotic scene. Several naked young people, boys and girls, are shown having sex in an unorthodox way. This is the first time such an ancient erotic scene is found in Bulgaria,” Dimitrov said, as cited by Focus. Read more.
More details have emerged about the archaeological find of Roman ruins at a spot near Bourgas on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast – including the fact that they have been found before and funding already has been allocated to investigate them.
The ruins emerged after huge seas scoured the Black Sea coast earlier in February 2012, prompting speculation whether this represented a hitherto unknown Roman settlement or just a small sewerage or sanitation installation.
Bourgas mayor Dimitar Nikolov went to see for himself and trumpeted the find, which hit national headlines amid the bitter winter weather chaos.
But it turned out that the existence of the ruins was well-known to archaeologists and 120 000 leva (about 60 000 euro) already had earmarked to investigate the site.
The Bulgarian Government is to give 120 000 leva (about 60 000 euro) each to 14 sites along the country’s Black Sea coast for “preliminary research” into archaeological sites, it was announced on January 4 2012.
The announcement was made during a visit to the Black Sea city of Bourgas by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Simeon Dyankov, Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov and Regional Development and Public Works Minister Lilyana Pavlova.
The proposal for the Government to allocate financial assistance to the archeological sites was made by Bourgas mayor Dimitar Nikolov and the district administration after the Government quit the Bourgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project, local news agency Focus said.
The local authorities suggest building a road linking the valuable archeological sites on the southern Black Sea coast. Read more.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a medieval church, said to date from some time in the 12th to 14th centuries, and the front gate of the ancient city on the location of today’s Sozopol, on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
The north wall and the apse of the church are just metres from the ancient fortress in the city, Bulgarian National Television said. The church is near today’s St Cyril and Methodius church, which houses what are purported to be relics of John the Baptist, found on St Ivan island off the coast of Sozopol in summer 2010.
The walls of the medieval church were close to 12 metres long, about 70cm thick and with an estimated height of between three and four metres.
The site was inspected by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov and National History Museum director Bozhidar Dimitrov. Dimitrov said that he had negotiated the participation of French archaeologists in excavations in Sozopol in summer 2012. (source)