Treasure Hunters Destroy Roman Fortress Site in Bulgaria's Ruse

Society | June 12, 2008, Thursday // 00:00

Treasure hunters destroyed the work of an archeological team at the exploration of the Roman fortress Trimamium close to Bulgaria's northeast city of Ruse, the Bulgarian National Television reported.

The treasure hunters searched the site after it was announced that a unique 15-cm tall statute of the goddess Venus had been discovered there by the archeologists on Wednesday.

The treasure hunters destroyed everything the researchers had accomplished including all preparations for taking pictures of the archeological site. They also destroyed layers, which had no been studied so it is unclear whether they found anything valuable during their raid.

The artifacts found at Trimanium were not at the site so none of them got stolen.

The Venus statue that was discovered there is made of bronze and is dated back to the second half of the third century A.D.

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