Archaeologists Unearth Lion's Head, Tablet With Nymphs In Hisarya

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Bulgaria: Archaeologists Unearth Lion's Head, Tablet With Nymphs In Hisarya One of the gates of the Roman fortress in Hisarya. Photo:

Archaeologists from Bulgaria's Hisarya Archaeological Museum unearthed a lion's head, a consecrated tablet with nymphs and a part of a life size statue, reports

According to the director of the town museum, Mitko Madzharov, the artifacts were dated end of II and beginning of III c. AD and prove that the settlement existed before the rule of the Roman emperor Diocletian.

“The nymphs are depicted in the traditional Roman manner – naked, two facing the viewer and one with her back, holding each other,” Madzharov said. “Their hair is lifted up in buns. The lion's head was part of a fountain – the head is well shaped and has a hole in the mouth, through which flowed the mineral water.”

According to the Hisarya Mayor Penka Ganeva, whose administration sponsors the excavations, the new discoveries prove that the Roman baths may have existed before the town was settled as such.

The next archaeological season will uncover the plumbing system of the Roman baths, under which still flows hot mineral water.

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