Bulgarian Archaeologists Find 3rd Skeleton in Ancient Thracian Child Sacrifice Pit

The skeleton of a third child sacrificed by Ancient Thracians has been discovered by Bulgarian archaeologists in the same ritual pit at the prehistoric site near Bulgaria’s Mursalevo where last week they found the remains of two Thracian child skeletons.

The discovery of the 2,700-year-old Ancient Thracian child sacrifice was announced on April 15, 2015, after the archaeologists conducting rescue digs along the planned route of the Struma Highway in Southwest Bulgaria found two crushed skulls and a shoulder bone in one of the some 20 Thracian ritual pits located on top of the 8,000-year-old Early Neolithic city near the town of Mursalevo. Read more.

Exhibition at the Louvre museum offers rare glimpse of the ancient Thracian culture

SOFIA (AFP).- Exquisitely crafted gold, silver and bronze objects will go on display at the Louvre museum in Paris this week, giving visitors a rare glimpse of the ancient Thracian culture that produced them.

Many stories still remain untold about this refined civilisation whose citizens included Orpheus, the mythical son of a Thracian king, and legendary gladiator Spartacus who led an uprising against Rome.

Today, “ancient Thrace is most famous for its unique goldsmithing works”, Bulgarian exhibition commissioner Milena Tonkova told AFP ahead of Tuesday’s opening.

One of the exhibition highlights is the Panagyurishte ritual beverage set – the most prized possession of these ancient people who inhabited the Balkan peninsula from the 2nd millennium BC to the 3rd century AD. Read more.

Stolen Thracian Mask Helmet Returned to Museum in Bulgaria

An Ancient Roman and Ancient Thracian mask helmet, which was stolen from the Museum of Archaeology in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv back in 1995, has now been returned, Bulgaria’s Prosecutor’s Office has announced.

The mask helmet, which is dated to the 1st century AD, was discovered in 1905 during archaeological excavations in a burial mound in the Kamenitsa Quarter in the city of Plovdiv.

It consists of a helmet made of iron, and decorated with a silver laurel wreath, and of a mask covering the face and the ears which is made of a thin sheet of silver.

The mask helmet can be considered both an Ancient Roman and Ancient Thracian artifact. Read more.