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22 April 2007
Ancient Thracian chariot unearthed in Bulgaria

A completely intact Thracian chariot was unearthed by the Bulgarian archaeologist Vesselin Ignatov. The chariot was found near a burial barrow close to the central Bulgarian town of Nova Zagora. Ignatov and his team have already dated the finding to 2 century BCE. The chariot has two wheels with its roof made of heavy bronze in the form of eagle heads and a folding iron chair, where the driver sat. The chariot was aimed to be pulled by three horses.
     The uniqueness of the finding is that it is completely intact, with all its parts on place except the wooden ones, and now we can calculate its precise size and how exactly it was placed in the tomb, Ignatov said. He believes a second chariot will be found as the excavations continue. Luckily this time the archaeologists reached the finding before the treasure hunters, because they usually look only for gold and coins and destroy all other valuable objects.
     Another Thracian chariot was found near the Sadievo village and another one was found near Korten, so now that there is a third one the regional historical museum in Nova Zagora town plans to open a museum of the Thracian chariots.

Source: Novinite (21 April 2007)

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