SUBSIDIES FOR A THRACIAN RELIGIOUS CENTER STOPPED

Society | August 25, 2001, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The Hissar municipality in Southern Bulgaria stopped the subsidies for the protection of the most impressive temple discovered so far and dating back to the age of the Thracians in Starosel. The subsidies allocated under the Beautiful Bulgaria project were misappropriated or re-allocated for other projects. 50,000 leva is needed for excavations at the magnificent ancient shrine. `I was barred from excavations for one year, and the mounds in the area were benevolently left open to plunder and uncontrolled treasure-hunting`, the archeologist Georgi Kitov who led the excavations wrote in a statement, sent to Prosecutor General Nikola Filchev. A US television wants to make a film about Starosel. `I will probably accept this proposal because some time from now there may be too little left of these unique tombs. Treasure-hunters were very active here in late 1999 and early 2000`, archeologist Kitov said, quoted by BTA. Culture Minister Bozhidar Abrashev said that the Ministry will do everything possible to provide 1,000 leva a month for the protection of the site in the winter. The finds at Starosel were sensational, consisting of a protective wall 241 m long and up to 3 m high, one central and two side stairways, a corridor, a beautiful facade, a rectangular structure and a round one, with a dome 5.3 m in diameter. A deified ruler was buried there. Over 4,000 stone blocks were used to build the shrine, which could have only been done for a powerful king, experts say.
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