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20 May 2005
Thracian owner of gold mask axe-chopped

The Thracian king Seutus III, whose gold mask was unearthed in 2004 by Bulgarian archaeologists, has been chopped with an axe after his death, an expert research showed.  According to archaeologists this discovery proves the theory that ancient Thracians used to chop into pieces their rulers' bodies and buried them in different places.
     The discovery was made after an examination of the king's bones, which were found in a tomb near the Shipka Peak, southern Bulgaria in 2004. Only his legs and lower jaw were found together with the 680 g gold mask.
     In the summer of 2004 a group of Bulgarian archaeologists came upon an astounding founding of a whole Thracian treasure, including a gold ring, ornate silver, bronze and ceramic pieces. The gold mask, which was also found there, proved to be 2,500-year-old. The whole collection will be displayed for the first time in the Archaeological Museum in Sofia.

Source: Sofia News Agency (18 May 2005)

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