Archaeologists uncovered a Christian necropolis with 80 graves during a dig in downtown Plovdiv, reports Vesti.bg.
One of the skeletons had a brick in its jaws and a roof tile on its head. “This is a typical European practice between XV – XVII c. and was done to prevent the dead from turning into a vampire,” the leader of the archaeological team Elena Bozhinova said.
All graves in the necropolis were dated in the same period. In many of them the experts found coins, jewels, buttons and other belongings of the deceased.
“In one of the graves we found a purse with 30 silver coins”, Bozhinova said. (source)
Valuable buckles with the images of imperial symbols have been found by archaeologists working at the site of medieval Pliska in north-eastern Bulgaria.
Pliska, which boasts a large archaeological reserve and is the subject of ongoing digs, is best known as having been the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom from 681 to 893CE.
According to a report on August 22, 2014 by public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, the finds date back about 1100 years.
They were found in part of the palace complex of the first Bulgarian capital.
The find of the buckles with the imperial symbols is extremely rare for Pliska in spite of the former capital’s lively contacts with the Byzantine empire. Read more.
The story of the rich archaeological heritage of Bulgaria is not only one of what has been found but also of what has been lost.
A case in point is the area around central Sofia’s Largo and Serdica underground railway station area, recently in the headlines after an urgent appeal by Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova to the national Culture Ministry to take action to preserve Roman-era archaeological finds left exposed to the elements.
Across Bulgaria, the dangers to the country’s archaeological legacy – Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – have proved to range from outright theft by treasure-hunters to construction projects that have reduced finds to rubble. Read more.
Archaeologists from Bulgaria’s National History Museum have uncovered the roadside Sostra complex, situated on the Roman cursus publi-cus from Oescus to Philippopolis.
The roadside complex was an important point of rest for dignitaries and even emperors and their relatives who were travelling from Oescus (currently the village of Gigen, Pleven district) to Philippopolis (currently the city of Plovdiv), according to reports of dnevnik.bg.
The part of the roadside complex which has already been researched includes a mausoleum , a necropolis, a castellum, a sanctuary of the Thracian horseman, buildings of a vicus (village), and a part of an ancient road. Read more.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on April 24 that police seized several items suspected to be archaeological artefacts in the town of Dupnitsa, about 60km south of capital city Sofia.
The items seized by police were a large ring with a lion’s head mounting, a pair of identical earrings, a necklace and a cup in the shape of a ram’s head.
The police have asked for an expert appraisal, to determine the exact material that the items are made of and whether the items are genuine archaeological artefacts.
Initial assessments pointed that the items were crafted in the early Hellenistic style, which would date them – if genuine – as fourth or third century BCE. Read more.
Located in south central Bulgaria, the city of Plovdiv, known to many as the “Eternal City of Bulgaria”, is among the oldest cities in Europe, with evidence of human settlement going back 6,000 years. Established first as the Thracian settlement of Eumolpia, today its ancient remains near the city center are most often identified with the name Philippopolis by archaeologists. That was the name given to the city after it was Hellenized within the Macedonian Empire under Philip II during the 4th century, B.C.E.
But its most visible ancient remains took shape when the city was absorbed into the orbit of ancient Rome during the 1st century B.C.E. - 1st century C.E., the time period of Augustus. It was during this time when the great monumental structures, such as the Theater, Stadium, Treasury, Thermae, Odeon, and other associated structures of its central Forum, were built. Read more.
Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a woman that appears to have been buried pregnant 6000 years ago.
The found – described as highly unusual - was made in a newly discovered necropolis in the famous village of Svestari in north-east Bulgaria.
A total of five skeletons were discovered in the necropolis, all of them buried in unusual position – with their legs bound and their heads facing southwards, the BGNES news agency informs.
The buried woman had exquisite pearl ornaments, according to Professor Diana Gergova, who led the dig. Read more.
Bulgarian police bust a group that was illegally excavating Thracian tombs near the town of Pernik, the Interior Ministry said on December 8.
Eight men from Sofia were arrested in the December 7 operation, the ministry said. Six were arrested at the site of the archaeological site and two, alleged to be organisers of the illegal excavation, were arrested subsequently.
The group arrested included people who had previous records for theft, assault and car theft. The men ranged in age from 24 to 52. Read more.