Ancient necropolis uncovered in Bulgaria

Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeological excavations ahead of a planned gas line in Bulgaria have unearthed a necropolis of more than 100 tombs.

The site includes tombs from the Thracian times to the times of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. The oldest ones date from the 5th – 4th centuries B.C. Some reveal very interesting rites such as the tomb of a decapitated soldier, whose head was laid on his lap, while others have been buried with gold and silver jewelry or with their dogs.

Some skeletons have deformed skulls, which have been typical for the First Bulgarian Kingdom as a sign of high position in society and of nobility. Noble children then had their heads tightened with headbands in order to change the form of the skull, experts say.

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Story: Novinite | Photo: Ruse History Museum

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