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  • Dvora Site
  • Gledachevo
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  • Bulgaria
  • Oblast Stara Zagora
  • Obshtina Radnevo

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Summary (English)

  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS NEAR THE VILLAGE OF GLEDACHEVO (Milena Tonkova – milenatonkova@hotmail.com, Plamen Karailiev) Forty ritual pits in the sanctuary of the second half of the 5th – 4th centuries BC were explored. Skeletons of a child, one and a half – two years old, and a mare, 9 years old, were discovered in pit No. 40. Sherds, carbonized wheat, charcoal, bones of ox, pig, sheep, goat, dog, pheasant and crane were also found in the pit. A heap of sherds of the 5th – 4th centuries BC was discovered in pit No. 44. The pit is situated close to the area where the remains of a building with clay walls and an altar were discovered in 2005. Layers of ash in the upper parts, traces of fire, carbonized wheat, and charcoal of oak, hazel bush, alder, poplar and pine were registered in the ritual pits. Part of a horse bit of the second half of the 5th – first half of the 4th century BC, a bronze finger-ring, a bracelet, fragments of Greek amphorae of the second half of the 5th – 4th centuries BC, fragments of Greek black-gloss vessels of the 4th century BC, fragments of Thracian wheel- and hand-made pottery, terracotta fragments of movable hearths, etc. were found in the pits. Remains of two semi-dug sunken-floored dwellings and three graves of the 10th – 12th centuries were discovered. A pit with two skeletons of men, 18 and 25 years old, sherds and more than 10 iron tools of the end of the 11th – beginning of the 12th centuries was explored. An arrowhead was found among the vertebrae of one of the men, while the second one was most likely killed by a sabre.

Director

  • Milena Tonkova - Archaeological Institute with Museum
  • Plamen Karailiev - Archaeological Museum ‘Maritsa – East’

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Research Body

  • Archaeological Institute with Museum
  • Archaeological Museum ‘Maritsa – East’

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