Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gold of the Varna Necropolis

The Varna Necropolis is a burial site in Varna (approximately half a kilometre from Lake Varna and 4 km from the city centre), Bulgaria.

The city is on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and is internationally considered one of the key archaeological sites in world prehistory. The oldest golden treasure in the world, dating from 4,600 BC to 4,200 BC, was discovered at the site.
The site was accidentally discovered in October 1972 by an excavator operator. A total of 294 graves have been found in the necropolis, many containing sophisticated examples of metallurgy (gold and copper), pottery, high-quality flint and obsidian blades, beads, and shells. The graves have been dated to 4560-4450 BC by radiocarbon dating
The artefacts can be seen at the Varna Archaeological Museum and at the National Historical Museum in Sofia. The gold of Varna started touring the world in 1973