Bulgarian Archaeologists Unveil Tomb of Thracian Priestess -
Interior of one of the most famous tombs at Sboryanovo/ Sveshtari.
Bulgarian archeologists working at the Sveshtari tomb have made new important findings suggesting the burial of a female Thracian cult leader.
The team, led by Prof. Diana Gergova, have discovered objects that they believe throw new light on the ancient Thracians' religious practices.
Located in north-eastern Bulgaria, Razgrad region, the Sveshtari site, also known as Sboryanovo, hosts a great many remains of the Getae, a Thracian tribe whose major city of Helis is also thought to have been located nearby.
The newly uncovered tomb is from the period of the 4-3th centuries BC.
"The tomb is coated in massive wood beams. It boasts an altar painted in black and red. What is more, it was bound to another facility shaped as a cut pyramid, which is a one of a kind finding," said Prof. Gergova.
The plethora of objects believed to hold magical significance - such as clay human figurines, cups with openings on their bottoms, and small axes - have led archaeologists to believe that the tomb might be that of a priestess.
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See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thracian_Tomb_of_Sveshtari