Archaeologists from Germany and Bulgaria are revealing the Roman remains near Novgrad, Ruse

Archaeologists from Germany and Bulgaria are working together at the Novgrad mounds. 

The expedition is part of а German-Bulgarian project funded by the German government. It is supposed that the exploration of the site should continue three years. “During the first two years we are concentration on the terrain exploration, the end of the period is dedicated to the academic analysis.” said the leader of the project Lyudmil Vagalinski, director of the National Archaeological Institute at BAS.

The excavations started ten days ago and will continue until April 7.

The second stage of the expedition is supposed to start at the end of August. The area of Tash Bair, in Bulgarian this means Stoney Hill, is the goal of the research. It is close to Novgrad. The remains there are dated from the 4th-6th century when these territories were part of the Roman Empire. Lyudmil Vagalinski talked about the beginning of the excavations in front of the members of the Tsenovo Municipality, in the region of which Novgrad is located, and also made a presentation about the already found artefacts in the Roman fort of Iatrus near Krivina village.

“We try to acquire as much information as possible for every particular region’s history. In general, the excavations should be done early in the spring and autumn because in that way we are not hindering the farmers and their activities. On the other hand, during this time of the year, there is better visibility and field for action for the devices that we use for the explorations” explained the leader of the expedition.

Lyudmil Vagalinski had done the research at Iatrus, where was one of the camps of the First Legio Italicus.

The archaeologist also shared that they already have found some unique artefacts in the region of Tsenovo Municipality. There, in the 4th century, was concentrated the major production of lime in the Roman Empire. According to the scholars, the places where it was produced are very well preserved. Their hypothesis is that at least 200 tons of lime were produced monthly. Up until now, ten kilns are discovered. “During the research, we managed to reveal a kiln for ceramics. It was built following the Celtic examples and for time being it is the first of its kind in Bulgaria” added Lyudmil Vagalinski.

Another very intriguing artefact is a Roman weight for grain.

The collections are completed by parts of pottery that are dated from the First Bulgarian Empire. Lyudmil Vagalinski is convinced that because of its rich historical heritage Tsenovo Municipality could turn into a well-known tourist destination. He added that there should be just appropriate options for artefact exhibitions and additional efforts for attracting the lovers of the historical past from Bulgaria and abroad.

Bilyana Ninova

Bilyana Ninova is a Marketing specialist, content creator and hobby photographer.

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