Bulgarian Archeologists a Step Away from Grand Discovery

Society | November 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian archeologists are on their way to discover the ancient Dionysus temple in the Rhodopes Mountain famous for its splendor in antique times and in modernity for the many failed attempts to determine its exact location. Now, the expedition "Rhodopes 2002 - Dionysus temple" is searching the vicinity of mountain town Peshtera where it already discovered the Roman road that led to the sanctuary in ancient times. "This was he main thoroughfare in the Western Rhodopes Mountain that facilitated merchant contacts between ancient Thracian states and Peloponnesia. Thanks to the latest excavations, we located the road and we insist that the temple could be found in the vicinity of Peshtera," archeologist Kostadin Kisyov says. The hypothesis is supported by the discovery of four ancient fortresses that guarded the road. "Rhodopes 2002 - Dionysus temple" started in early 2002 funded by Vinprom Peshtera, one of Bulgaria's leading spirits producers.

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