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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Bulgarian Archaeological Treasure 

Bulgarian archaeologists from the National History Museum of Bulgaria have announced that they have unearthed about 15,000 golden ornaments, estimated to be between 4,100 and 4,200 years old. A find that they believe to match the famous treasure of Troy.

The earliest inhabitants of Bulgaria, which borders Greece, were the Thracians who ancient Greek historian Herodotus described as the second biggest tribe in the Ancient world, after the Indians. The best known of the Thracians being Spartacus and Orpheus. It is assumed that the people responsible for the treasure were ancestors of the Thracians, who lived in what is now Bulgaria and parts of modern Greece, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey.

Bulgaria has a rich archaeological heritage and can be a good vacation destination for those with an interest in the history of the ancient world. The Varna necropolis, also discovered in Bulgaria, is regarded as the oldest golden treasure ever found and the National Museum of History in Sofia is one of the largest history museums in the Balkans, with a number of important collections.

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