Archaeologists Find Medieval Gate in Agatopolis Fortress in Bulgaria's Ahtopol

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During excavations in the medieval fortress Agatopolis in Bulgaria's Black Sea town of Ahtopol, archaeologists have discovered a gate resembling those in Preslav, Pliska and Drustur.

Archaeological excavations are taking place in the courtyard of the so-called Former Greek school in Ahtopol. A section of a castle wall with a length of 32 meters, two external and two internal towers and the entrance of one of the gates of the ancient city were found on an area of 330 square meters.

According to the head of the archaeological study, Dr. Andrei Aladzhov from the National Archaeological Institute and Museum at Bulgaria's Academy of Science, the closest analogies to the gate in Ahtopol are found in the early medieval Bulgarian cities Pliska, Preslav and Drustur.

In his words, it is a testament to Ahtopol's significance among the rulers of the First Bulgarian Empire. During the excavations were found coins and ceramics as well, Bulgarian Telegraph Agency reports. The findings will be added to the collection of the Historical Museum in Tsarevo.

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