Medieval archbishop seals found in Bulgaria

Published on August 19th, 2011 | by Admin

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Two seals which date back to the Middle Ages have been found in Bulgaria, proving the existence of a Christian archbisopric in the area.

The archbishop’s seals were found in a building in Perperikon together with Byzantine coins from the time of Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes (r. 969-976), Basil II the Bulgar-slayer (r. 976-1025), and Constantine VIII (1025-1028), i.e. in the late 10th and early 11th century, as well as from the second half of the 12th century.

According to the Bulgarian archaeologists from Ovcharov’s team, the newly found seals prove that a previously unknown Christian archbishopric – the Archidos Archbishopric – existed in the 10th-12th century in the Rhodope Mountains region, today’s Southern Bulgaria, and was headquartered in Perperikon (Hyperperakion).

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Story: Novinite | Photo: BGNES

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