Bulgarian Land Unveils Unique Thracian Tomb

Society | October 4, 2004, Monday // 00:00

The oldest and largest Thracian tomb disclosed so far on Bulgarian land has been unearthed from beneath the Golyama Kosmatka mound, in the outskirts of the Shipka Peak.

The archeological team's head Georgi Kitov, called also Bulgaria's "Indiana Jones" explained that the excavations have revealed a 13-metre long passage and two halls walled up with stones behind the faзade.

The tomb has amazed archeologists with its first-of-the-kind doors made of marble and decorated with human figures, iron nail imitations and blue-end-red sculptural ornaments.

Further on, the first chamber showed up in a rectangular and vaulted form where a horse skeleton was found.

The archeologists from the TEMP 2004 expedition have now reached in front of a sealed second chamber, which they will try to open.

During the eexcavations of the Golyamata Kosmatka mound Georgi Kitov unearthed the impressive bronze head of supposedly a Thrachian ruler believed to be a craftswork of renowned ancient sculpturer Phidias.

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