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Ancient rock stove found at Perperikon

A rock stove cut into the rock at the Thracian city of Perperikon has been found.

The stove consists of a lower part, a hearth, whose ceiling has two holes that let through some fire; the ceramic cooking vessels would be placed on top of the holes.

“We can easily call this discovery a prototype of the contemporary cooking stoves,” Ovcharov said.

The archaeologist made a recapitulation of his four months of excavations over the summer, during which his team examined 100 meters of the fortress wall of Perperikon.

The 3-meter-thick wall is taken to mean that Perperikon was the strongest fortress in the Rhodope Mountain from the Roman period (in this case, the second half of the 3rd century AD).

The stronghold protected what is believed to have been a palace-sanctuary harboring the ancient temple of Dionysus.

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