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Excavation

  • Tatar Masha Tumulus
  • Knyazhevo
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  • Bulgaria
  • Haskovo
  • Topolovgrad
  • Knjazhevo

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  • The Bulgarian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    the Department of Archaeology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • EXPLORATIONS NEAR THE VILLAGE OF KNYAZHEVO (Daniela Agre – daniela.agre@abv.bg) The tumulus was 4 m in height and 35 m in diameter. The southern half of the tumular embankment was explored. Three rooms of Building 1 were discovered, constructed of ashlars bonded with mud. The walls between the rooms were 60 cm wide and the outer walls of the building were 1.40 m wide. The upper parts of the walls were constructed with sun-dried bricks. There were entrances between the different rooms. The building was burned. Burned timber beams and sun-dried bricks from the collapsed second floor were discovered. The staircase to the second floor was discovered in Room I. The finds included dolia, Thracian and Greek pottery, spindle whorls, loom weights, animal bones, roof tiles and a bronze coin of Antiochus II Theos. Debris (roof tiles, burned timber beams, plaster) from the collapsed second floor was discovered in Room II and Thracian sherds and fragmentary Greek amphorae were found. The finds in Room III included fragmentary dolia, Thracian pottery, two domestic ovens, querns, the basis of a vertical loom with its weights, and a bronze coin of Antiochus II Theos. Part of a room with a clay eschara belonging to Building 2 was explored to the east of Building 1. A fragmentary Greek black-gloss kantharos and an amphora were found. Building 3 adjoined the southeastern corner of Building 1. Four rooms were partly explored, constructed of uneven stones and small ashlars on the outer and inner faces with a core structure of smaller stones bonded with clay. The walls were 50 cm wide. Collapsed tiles from the roofs were discovered. Two domestic ovens were explored close to the southwestern corner of Building 1 and a silver obol of East Locris minted in 338 – 300 BC and a bronze coin of Philip of Macedon were found. The Greek pottery from the buildings dated to 350 – 275 BC. The buildings functioned from the time of Philip of Macedon to Antiochus II Theos. A tumulus with a krepis was built over the debris of the buildings some time after they were destroyed.

  • Daniela Agre - Archaeological Institute with Museum 

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  • Daniela Agre - Archaeological Institute with Museum

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  • Archaeological Institute with Museum

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