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Double-headed axe found in Bulgaria

A ceremonial double-headed Thracian axe, known as a labrys, has been found in Bulgaria.

It was dug up near the main gate of the fortified residence of the Odrysian rulers, and is the second labrys ever discovered at an Ancient Thrace site, after another such ax was found in the same archaeological site during its first more thorough excavation in 2005.

“The new find is very well preserved. It is 22 cm long, and very massive. We have several hypotheses for its use. The labrys was used more for certain types of processions rather than for household or military purposes,” explained Dr. Ivan Hristov.

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Story: Novinite | Photo: Natural History Museum

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