Archeological Summer 2002 - Great Success for Bulgaria

Society | December 4, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

Archeological summer 2002 was prolific of interesting discoveries, Margarita Deyanova-Vaklinova, director of the Archeological Museum in Sofia told The finds that stir excitement among the specialists range from prehistoric times to the mediaeval ages. Bulgaria is a bonanza for the researchers of prehistoric culture, Deyanova-Vaklinova said. This summer, Bulgarian archeologists continued the excavations of the hill in Karanovo that have been explored for fifty years yielding intriguing finds at every stratum. The latest discovery was that of a prehistoric dwelling place dated back to the sixth millennium BC.

The sensation of 2000 - the discovery of the huge Thracian temple in Starosel is now leading to other interesting finds. The round temple proves to be the focus of a sacral center that sprawls miles around it. Mounds of Thracian patricians and smaller sanctuaries emerged as the archeologists went on digging around Starosel. The mounds yielded golden and silver artifacts of Greek origin, coins and insignia of ancient rulers. The research in the very temple continues as well. After the magnificent staircase "guarded" by marble lions was fully uncovered, the archeologists found the fortifying wall of the temple. They also went on examining the striking multi-color frescoes in the interior of the grand Thracian sanctuary.

Mediaeval finds also created a stir in 2002. A team of archeology students has come across the personal church of the great Bulgarian king Simeon I and his son Peter. The explorers searched the palace complex in Bulgaria's mediaeval capital Preslav - one of the world's most glamorous cities in that time. The church is constructed with white stone blocks and part of the frescoes have preserved. "It is obvious that a special street led into the church straight out of the palace. A discovery of such significance has not been made in Preslav for a long time," Director of the Archeological Museum Deyanova-Vaklinova said.

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