Bulgarian Archeologists "Found Thracian Sacred Valley"

Society | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00

Famous Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Kitov said he found the "sacred valley" of ancient Thracians. After three years of excavations in the vicinity of the village of Starosel in central Bulgaria, his team has unearthed six Thracian temples. "What strikes me is that they don't look alike. All six are of different architecture type and of different disposition," Georgi Kitov said in an interview for novinite.com. Thus, the renowned archaeologist assumed that all Thracian tribes built their temples in the area and pilgrims flocked to them. He thinks that those sanctuaries were immune even in wartime and formed something as ancient Greece's Delphi. Kitov is confident his team will be able to prove this hypothesis soon. The archaeologist got world recognition in 2000 when he discovered the largest yet found Thracian temple near Starosel, 100 miles east of Bulgaria's capital Sofia. This summer, he unearthed three other Thracian sanctuaries that yielded unique finds. The ancient Thracians, ruled by a powerful warrior aristocracy rich in gold treasures, inhabited an area extending over most of modern Bulgaria, northern Greece and the European part of Turkey.

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