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Archaeologists uncover unique Roman fortress in northern Bulgaria

A unique Roman fortress was discovered at the end of the archeological season on the outskirts of the village of Shirokovo in Bulgaria's Rousse district.

Archaeologists uncover unique Roman fortress in northern Bulgaria
Credit: BNT

According to archaeologists from the Regional History Museum in Rousse the structure dates from the fifth century. 

Apart from the place where it is located, which naturally protected two Roman roads along the rivers Baniski and Cherni Lom, the fortress was built in a way little known in these lands.

"Here we are talking about the construction of huge rustic blocks. The interesting thing is that some of these blocks have the initials of the builders who made them and the other interesting thing is that there are letter markings on the individual blocks, these are stonework markings on how exactly the blocks must be arranged ," said Deyan Dragoev, an archaeologist, the leader of the team of the excavations.

Preliminary research by archaeologists suggests that when the fortress passed into Bulgarian hands a few centuries later, it became part of the enigmatic town of Krastovets.

So far, excavations have uncovered coins from the seventh century, as well as metal parts of clothing - belt buckles and brooches. According to archaeologists, this place is still subject to serious and in-depth study for years. Moreover, the estimated area on which the fortress was located is nearly 12 acres.

Source: BNT [September 22, 2020]

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