Unique Bulgarian Thracian Treasure May Be Displayed in US

Archaeology | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 17:44|  views

An object from the unique gold Thracian treasure recently discovered in Bulgaria. Photo by BGNES

US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries has been impressed by the unique gold Thracian treasure that was recently discovered in the country's famous Sveshtari tomb.

Ries, who met with Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov on Tuesday, has expressed her hope that the treasure will soon be displayed in the United States.

Ries has pointed out that culture will be among her key priorities during her term as Ambassador to the Balkan country.  She has told reporters that she has been eagerly following the work of Bulgarian archaeologists.

Bulgarian archaeologists discovered the exquisite ancient golden artifacts during excavation works at the Omurtag mount near the village of Sveshatari in northern Bulgaria in November 2012.

The researchers found fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with a number of extremely well-preserved golden objects, dated from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd century B. C.. They include four spiral gold bracelets, and a number of intricate applications like one which shows the head of a female goddess adorned with beads, applications on horse riding gear and a forehead covering in the shape of a horse head with a base shaped like a lion head.

The precious find also contains a ring, buttons and beads. According to experts, the discovered objects were, most likely, remnants from a ritual burial.

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Tags: treasure, gold, Gath, Omurtag mound, world cultural-historical heritage, UNESCO, Sboryanovo, Isperih, Bulgaria, Discovery, archaeological, Sveshtari, tomb, Thracian, Marcie Ries, Vezhdi Rashidov


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