5000-Year-Old Golden Architectural Decoration Unearthed in Bulgaria

Society | July 2, 2007, Monday // 00:00

A team of archaeologist of Bulgaria's National Historical Museum unearthed Monday a 5000-years-old golden architectural ornamentation near the village of Dabene.

While carrying out excavations of small prehistoric moulds, archaeologist Martin Hristov also discovered well-preserved wall ornamentation details in the form of spirals, which are made of tubules of pure gold. Those spirals are unique artifacts compared to all prehistoric ones found in Bulgaria until now.

In the middle of the mound Hristov unearthed eight different pottery objects, hidden in a hole and covered with stones.

The excavations continue and the archaeologists strongly believe they will find many other interesting objects that will provide them with information for the people who inhabited these lands in the ancient times.

The fresh findings show that the population of these lands was well ahead in the civilization process and used precise and sophisticated technologies in the production of objects, especially golden ones.

Meanwhile, the archaeologists have now solid ground on which to base their previous hypothesis that the mines and the production center of objects of gold and their art processing was situated on the territory of today's Bulgaria, just next to the Dabene village.

Hristov's team of archaeologists has unearthed more than 25 000 golden elements and objects during excavations in previous years at the same place, all of them dated back to the 3rd century BC.

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