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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 03:17 PM

Archaeologists find Europe's most prehistoric town

Archaeologists find Europe's most prehistoric town

Archaeologists in Bulgaria believe they have discovered Europe's oldest prehistoric town, a settlement that was founded nearly 5,000 years before the birth of Christ.

By Nick Squires, Rome
5:22PM GMT 31 Oct 2012

Experts believe the key to the development of the town was salt, which at the time was as valuable as gold.

Remains of the ancient settlement, including the ruins of two-storey houses, fortification walls and parts of a gate, have been unearthed near the modern-day town of Provadia, close to the Black Sea resort of Varna.

It dates back to between 4,700 and 4,200BC more than a millennium before the start of Greece's ancient civilisation.

Archaeologists found a site where salt was produced from nearby rock-salt deposits, some of the most extensive in southeast Europe.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bulgaria/9646541/Bulgaria-archaeologists-find-Europes-most-prehistoric-town-Provadia-Solnitsata.html

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Judi Lynn Oct 2012 OP
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xchrom Nov 2012 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:36 PM

1. Cool.

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Thu Nov 1, 2012, 03:59 AM

2. Europe's oldest prehistoric town site found in Bulgaria

Europe's oldest prehistoric town site found in Bulgaria
31Oct2012
SOFIA (AFP)

Archaeologists in eastern Bulgaria say they have unearthed the oldest prehistoric town ever found in Europe, along with an ancient salt production site that gives a strong clue about why massive riches were discovered in the region.

Excavations at the site near the modern-day town of Provadia have so far uncovered the remains of a settlement of two-storey houses, a series of pits used for rituals as well as parts of a gate, bastion structures and three later fortification walls -- all carbon dated between the middle and late Chalcolithic age from 4,700 to 4,200 BC.

"We are not talking about a town like the Greek city-states, ancient Rome or medieval settlements, but about what archaeologists agree constituted a town in the fifth millennium BC," said Vasil Nikolov, a researcher with Bulgaria's National Institute of Archeology, after announcing the findings earlier this month.

Nikolov and his team have worked since 2005 to excavate the Provadia-Solnitsata settlement, located near the Black Sea resort of Varna.

A small necropolis, or burial ground, was also found this year, but has yet to be studied more extensively and could keep archaeologists busy for generations.

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http://www.afp.com/en/news/topstories/europes-oldest-prehistoric-town-site-found-bulgaria

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:50 AM

3. cool.


The prehistoric town at Provadia features two-storey houses and a defensive wall

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Response to xchrom (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:33 PM

4. That's it???

How on earth did they miss that all these years??? You could find that thing blind-folded!

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