'Huge Skeleton' Discovered in Bulgaria's Varna

Society » ARCHAEOLOGY | March 18, 2015, Wednesday // 08:13
Bulgaria: 'Huge Skeleton' Discovered in Bulgaria's Varna Photo by BGNES

Archaeologists have found what they describe as the remains of "a huge skeleton" in the Black Sea city of Varna's downtown area.

Initial reports suggest the man lived late in the 4th or early in the 5th century.

It is "easy" to see that the size of bones is "impressive" and that they belonged to "a very tall man", Valeri Yotov, who is part of the team carrying out excavations there, is reported as telling local news websites. Yotov, however, has stopped short of giving details.

The skeleton was stumbled upon in the area of the wall of the ancient city of Odesos.

Yotov suggests the man might have died during while working or during a ceremony held by the walls. His posture, with hands laid on his waist and his body pointing to the east (head) and west (feet) is a clear indication for archaeologists he was buried.

Reconstruction works are being carried out in the central area of Varna, Bulgaria's third-largest city dubbed the "Black Sea capital".

In January, an ancient tomb was discovered during repair works.

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