Sliven. Archaeologists discovered a rich Thracian grave from the 1st century AD in a mound in the municipality Sliven in south-eastern Bulgaria.
The findings provide evidence for the preservation of burial rites and a strong Thracian aristocracy in the Roman era.
The main finding is a 15 cm long bronze amphora, with two uniquely decorated handles.
Another valuable discovery is a bronze skillet-shaped patera. One of its side handles ends with a lion's head, while the other ends with an animal combining features of the lion and the goat.
Both items served ritual purposes.
The archeologists also unearthed a bronze coin, the origin of which has not yet been dated.
The experts have already managed to restore two of the artifacts found, archeologist Diana Dimitrova informs. According to her, the other objects found in the grave, such as bronze pushpins, a clay balsamarium and glass containers are proof that this is a tomb of a rich aristocrat.