During excavations in Plovdiv, Bulgarian archaeologists discovered a previously unknown ancient settlement, which supposedly could have been a place of worship for the gods.
According to Archaeology in Bulgaria, the settlement found could have been a village, a large house, or even a shrine located right outside the Philippopolis, the main city of Roman Thrace. Now in its place is the city of Plovdiv.
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The object was discovered by archaeologists. They surveyed the site set aside for the construction of a railway junction. The proposed settlement or remains of the sacred building is located next to the hill Lauta.
During the excavations, archaeological material from various historical periods was found. The most ancient finds belong to the early Iron Age, and the latest ones – to the period of the Ottoman Empire. According to scientists, this unusual place reached its heyday in the days of Roman Thrace.
“Not far from Lauta Hill lies fertile land that has always been cultivated, so archaeological remains of different ages were mixed in the upper layers of the soil,” says Professor Milena Raicheva from the National Institute and the Museum of Archeology in Sofia. “We found the remains of the Thracian times, that is, early and Late Iron Age. "
Also found several walls that date from the Roman or late antique period. In the period of antiquity, Plovdiv was known as Philippopolis. It received its name in honor of King Philip II of Macedon.
After the conquest of ancient Thrace by the Romans in the 1st century AD, this city was also called Trimonty because of the three hills on which it was located.
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