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Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Treasure Of Thousands Of Golden Ornaments
Canadian Press ^ | 8-17-2005

Posted on 08/17/2005 4:37:50 PM PDT by blam

Bulgarian archeologists uncover treasure of thousands of golden ornaments

Canadian Press

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Archeologists working a dig in central Bulgaria have unearthed some 15,000 miniature rings and other gold ornaments that date to the end of the third millennium BC - a find they say matches the famous treasure of Troy, scholars announced Wednesday.

The 4,100- to 4,200-year-old golden ornaments have been gradually unearthed over the past year from an ancient tomb near the central village of Dabene, 120 kilometres east of the capital, Sofia, according to Prof. Vasil Nikolov, the consultant on the excavations.

"This treasure is a bit older than . . . finds in Troy, and contains much more golden ornaments," Nikolov said by telephone.

The treasure consists of 15,000 gold ornaments and miniature golden rings, some of them so finely crafted that the point where the ring is welded is invisible with an ordinary microscope.

"We don't know who these people were, but we call them proto-Thracians," Nikolov said, meaning that they were likely ancestors of the Thracians, who lived in what is now Bulgaria and parts of modern Greece, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey until the 8th century AD, when they were assimilated by the invading Slavs.

"The buried man was cremated, and then an earth mound was piled over his ashes and his riches, suggesting that he was part of these people's social elite," Nikolov said.

Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of Bulgaria's History Museum, said the site consisted of an ancient settlement and three mounds, and that excavations would continue.

"This is the oldest golden treasure ever found in Bulgaria after the Varna necropolis," Dimitrov said.

The golden artifacts from that vast burial complex discovered in the 1970s near the Black Sea port of Varna date to the end of the fifth millennium BC and are internationally renowned as the world's oldest golden treasure.


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"a find they say matches the famous treasure of Troy"

I've read that the Troy find by Schleimann was the largest gold stash ever found.

1 posted on 08/17/2005 4:37:51 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Cool. I wonder what the point of little tiny rings was.


2 posted on 08/17/2005 4:41:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: blam

Golden Fleece?


3 posted on 08/17/2005 4:49:06 PM PDT by LRS
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To: blam
I've read that the Troy find by Schleimann was the largest gold stash ever found.

Check out Nick Cage in......NATIONAL TREASURE.

4 posted on 08/17/2005 4:50:23 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN; SunkenCiv
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"Check out Nick Cage in......NATIONAL TREASURE."

I have that DVD but like everything around here, I can't get it to work properly.

5 posted on 08/17/2005 4:57:40 PM PDT by blam
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To: LRS
"Golden Fleece?"

Nah. The Golden Fleece was a sheep skin (with fur) that was placed into gold bearing streams and the gold would settle into the spaces between the hairs.

6 posted on 08/17/2005 4:59:48 PM PDT by blam
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To: Tax-chick

I would baselessly speculate that the rings were woven into cloth.

A ceremonial (or not) precursor to chain mail?


7 posted on 08/17/2005 5:03:25 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: El Sordo

Good idea.


8 posted on 08/17/2005 5:04:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: Tax-chick
Good afternoon.
"Cool. I wonder what the point of little tiny rings was."

Decoration. Ears, noses, eyebrows, tongues, other places.


Michael Frazier
9 posted on 08/17/2005 5:05:14 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: blam
I have that DVD but like everything around here, I can't get it to work properly.

Hire a teenager to get it working.

10 posted on 08/17/2005 5:06:19 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: brazzaville; blam

Er ... what's the size on these rings? The article doesn't say, only that the soldering was well-done.


11 posted on 08/17/2005 5:06:57 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: Tax-chick
I wonder what the point of little tiny rings was.

Possibly they were threaded on something like a string or leather thong that rotted away.

12 posted on 08/17/2005 5:08:25 PM PDT by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: blam

From Bulgarian tradition, Sofia was an Egyptian queen, and her treasure is hidden somewhere in this country.


13 posted on 08/17/2005 5:10:04 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: VadeRetro; Tax-chick

A necklace does make more sense than a suit of ringlets.

Though the shirt would be cool.


14 posted on 08/17/2005 5:11:05 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: El Sordo

The rings could have been used as money. Many early coins had holes in them, so that they could be strung together to carry.


15 posted on 08/17/2005 5:12:31 PM PDT by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: wizr

Good point.

"I need to buy something. All these rings are burning a break in my string..."


16 posted on 08/17/2005 5:15:43 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: El Sordo

Very shiny.


17 posted on 08/17/2005 5:19:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: blam
Varna
18 posted on 08/17/2005 5:23:46 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ...
Thanks Blam. A lot of those gold coins found in the Trojan treasure turned out to be prophylactics. Someone was going to say it, might as well be me. The treasure found by Schliemann was a good-sized hoard, and was grave goods dug into one of the oldest levels from Troy 4 or 5.

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19 posted on 08/17/2005 10:10:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: blam

Cremation and inhumation under a mound -- sounds like the ancestors of the Phrygians, possibly, or earlier migrating relatives of the Scythians perhaps. Also, I'd guess that this tomb isn't anywhere near that old, probably more like 3000 years old or less.


20 posted on 08/17/2005 10:18:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: blam

They found my stuff!!! They found my stuff!!!!!!!!


21 posted on 08/17/2005 10:26:08 PM PDT by PoorMuttly (A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun -T.Jefferson)
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To: SunkenCiv

really?


22 posted on 08/17/2005 10:31:04 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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[Austin Powers flashback moment]


23 posted on 08/17/2005 10:35:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: El Sordo

My thinking, too.


24 posted on 08/17/2005 10:37:51 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (God save us from the fury of the do-gooders!)
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25 posted on 08/17/2005 10:51:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: blam
King Tuts golden sarcophagus weighed a couple of thousand ponds if memory serves me.
26 posted on 08/18/2005 10:52:49 AM PDT by stockpirate (We can fight the Muslim Army in Iraq! Or we can fight them outback! Check my homepage)
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To: Hunble

I heard that too. Somewhere in southern Bulgaria an Egyptian queen has been buried with a big treasure. Who knows? If you like to see some Treasures from Bulgaria check this:
http://www.krasimirdimov.com/starosel


27 posted on 08/19/2005 6:29:00 PM PDT by Lunatik
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