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2 Tombs Unveiled at Bulgaria's Thracian City of Perperikon

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2 Tombs Unveiled at Bulgaria's Thracian City of Perperikon: 2 Tombs Unveiled at Bulgaria's Thracian City of Perperikon The unique Ancient Thracian city of Perperikon was first discovered in 1979 in the Eastern Rhodoppe Mountains. File photo

Bulgarian archaeologists, working at the holy rock city of Perperikon, will unveil Wednesday two new tombs.

The opening is scheduled to coincide with the holy for all Christians Day of Dormition of the Holy Mother of God.

The announcement was made by leading Bulgarian archaeologist, Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov.

His team discovered the tombs, build by stone blocks, east of a medieval church at Perperikon.

In addition, the archaeologists will show Wednesday 15 new graves found near the Bishop's Cathedral. A total of 109 graves from the 13th-14th centuries have been located so far.

The team recently came across 11 gold and 6 silver coins. They say they expect to find any time now the largest ever medieval coin treasure in the country of over 50 gold coins.

The unique Ancient Thracian city of Perperikon was first discovered in 1979 in the Eastern Rhodoppe Mountains. It is thought that the famous sanctuary and oracular shrine dedicated to Dionysus of the Bessi tribe was situated there. The ancient rock city contains remains from all archaeological periods.

Ovcharov also discovered nearby an ancient Thracian surface tomb in the village of Tatul, containing a sanctuary linked with the cult of Orpheus.

Ovcharov is nicknamed the "Bulgarian Indiana Jones" in reference to the popular character played by actor Harrison Ford.

He informs that the site enjoys lasting strong interest from local and foreign visitors with an increased flow of those from neighboring Romania and Turkey.

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