Bulgaria Police Seize Hidden Ancient Treasure in Nessebar
The regional unit for combating organized crime in Bulgaria's Burgas have seized a hidden treasure dating back to 3rd century BC.
The treasure was discovered in October 2008 during the construction of a new hotel in the Black Sea resort of Nessebar, which is also an ancient town with many ancient and medieval monuments.
Instead of turning it it, however, the hotel owners decided to keep the priceless treasure for themselves, and tried to conceal it.
The police learned about the treasure through its own local sources, and seized the treasure, which is now transferred to the Nessebar Archaeological Museum, and will be on display there starting May 15.
The treasure in questions is exceptionally elaborate and consist of several pieces of jewelry and decoration. It was discovered in what was the burial site of a women from a well-off family who lived in the town in 3rd century BC, during the Hellenistic period. Only the gold parts of the treasure weigh more than 200 grams.
Nessebar was initially a minor Thracian settlement but was later turned into a Greek colony to become part later of Rome and Byzantium, and was later conquered by the First Bulgarian Empire.
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