Society | August 17, 2002, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Proofs of the existence of a medieval city and castle, 25 km south of the present-day town of Russe, were found during archaeological excavations of two houses in front of the castle gates. The numerous artefacts found on the site show that the city had a population of 10,000 in the 12th century and flourished in the 14th and 15th century, after Bulgaria fell under Ottoman rule. The medieval city and castle of Cherven boasts Bulgaria's best preserved medieval fortress tower. In the 1930s it was used as a model for the reconstruction of the Baldwin Tower in Tsarevets, the citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire capital, Veliko Turnovo. Local archaeologist Stoyan Yordanov is helped in his exploration by four British students.Placements for the project, called "Excavation Centred Training in European Archaeology" (ECTEA), are funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci Training Scheme.

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