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Jean M
10-29-2015, 04:30 PM
Archaeologists Discover 10 Graves in Necropolis of Bronze Age Danube River Culture near Bulgaria’s Baley

A total of 10 graves from the necropolis of a Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age settlement located near the town of Baley, Vidin District, in Northwest Bulgaria, have been discovered and explored during the 2015 excavations of the site which belongs to the so called “Culture of the Encrusted Ceramics of the Lower Danube”.

In one of the ten newly found graves, the archaeologists have found a total of 16 ceramic vessels, some of which are funeral urns, reveals Nikolay Kazashki from the Vidin Regional Museum of History, who is the deputy head of the archaeological expedition in Baley.

The excavations are led by Assist. Prof. Georgi Ivanov, and consulted by Assoc. Prof. Stefan Alexandrov, both of whom are from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia.

The newly discovered artifacts from the Baley necropolis, which dates back to 1,600-1,100 BC, are from three distinct chronological stages of the Bronze Age culture, reports the Bulgarian daily Monitor.

The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age settlement and necropolis near the town of Baley, Brevogo Municipality, in Northwest Bulgaria represent a unique Bronze Age culture that thrived in the western part of the Lower Danube Valley (the area between the towns of Bregovo and Oryahovo).

The culture that the settlement belonged to is known as “The Culture of the Encrusted Ceramics (of the Lower Danube)” because of the large number of ceramic artifacts found there which are encrusted with ornamental motifs made with white paste. The decorative paste was produced by mixing crushed animal bones with glue.*

* This technique was also used in Funnel Beaker and Bell Beaker ware.