November 10, 2012

Thracian gold hoard unearthed in Bulgaria

Filed under: Cemeteries — Andie @ 5:13 am
Gold artefacts are seen after they were unearthed from an ancient Thracian tomb near the village of Sveshtari, some 400km (248 miles) north-east of Sofia, November 7, 2012. Bulgarian archaeologists unearthed numerous golden artifacts, including bracelets with snake heads, a tiara and aplications for horse harnesses during excavation works at an ancient Thracian tomb in northern Bulgaria, they said on Thursday. The new golden artifacts are dated back to the end of the fourth or beginning of the third century BC and we found in the biggest of 26 ancient tombs of the Getes, a Thracian tribe that was in contact with the Hellenistic world. Picture taken November 7, 2012.     REUTERS/Emil Iordanov/BGNES (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. BULGARIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN BULGARIA

Thracian gold hoard

The discovery of a gold hoard in a tomb in Bulgaria, may belong to the first known ruler of the Thracian Gatae tribe, Cothelas.

The new golden artifacts are dated back to the end of the fourth or the beginning of the third century BC and were found in the biggest of 150 ancient tombs of a Thracian tribe, the Getae, that was in contact with the Hellenistic world.

The findings also included a golden ring, 44 applications of female figures as well as 100 golden buttons.

“These are amazing findings from the apogee of the rule of the Getae,” said Diana Gergova, head of the archaeologist team at the site of the ancient Getic burial complex situated near the village of Sveshtari, some 400 km northeast from Sofia.

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