More on Unique Thracian treasure found in Bulgaria
|Golden ring or brooch [Credit: ImpactPressGroup/AP]|
The findings also included a golden ring, 44 applications of female figures as well as 100 golden buttons.
|Newly unearthed gold artifacts from a third-century B.C. tomb include a golden horse head, a ring or brooch (top right), and tiny busts of a woman, which likely decorated clothing [Credit: ImpactPressGroup/AP]|
"From what we see up to now, the tomb may be linked with the first known Getic ruler Cothelas," said Gergova, a renown researcher of Thracian culture with the Sofia-based National Archaeology Institute.
|Golden tiara or necklace adorned with lions and mythical animals [Credit: ImpactPressGroup/AP]|
The Thracians, ruled by a powerful warrior aristocracy rich in gold treasures, inhabited an area extending over modern Romania and Bulgaria, northern Greece and the European part of Turkey from as early as 4,000 BC.
|Golden horse head piece [Credit: ImpactPressGroup/AP]|
Archaeologists have discovered a large number of artefacts in Bulgaria's Thracian tombs in recent decades, providing most of what is known of their culture, as they had no written language and left no enduring records.
Source: Reuters [November 09, 2012]