The team of archaeologists Nikolay Ovcharov and Hitko Vachev, who have been exploring places in Veliko Tamovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, have found several objects and have discovered the walls of a medieval church, which was part of the monasterial complex of San Pedro y San Pablo de la Middle Ages. To be more precise, it is associated with Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II (1218 - 1241 AD).
“The walls that we have discovered date from the first half of the 13th century. Part of the architectural remains are in ruins due to construction in the past 30 years. We have found a second wall dating from the XIV-XV centuries, which is a testimony of how the monastery was transformed. In the western section of the temple we have found evidence of a third renovation of the 18th-19th centuries”, explains Professor Ovcharov.
In the courtyard of the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is part of the vast monastery complex, archaeologists have found 10 burials, one of them turning out to be that of a man treated as a vampire after his death.
Unlike another medieval ‘vampire’, whose grave was recently found in Sozopol on the Black Sea and whose skeleton has been taken to the Bulgarian National History Museum in Sofia, the 'vampire’Found in Veliko Tamovo was buried again by Nikolay Ovcharov after his bones were cleansed with wine and water.
During recent excavations in the monasterial complex of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Veliko Tamovo, archaeologists have found more than 100 coins from the 13th and 14th centuries minted by various Bulgarian tsars of the Second Bulgarian Empire.
Other findings include a 16th century gold coated medal with a Arabic inscription which has not yet been translated, a silver plow and a large quantity of pottery.
Ovcharov tried refute public criticism about their discoveries, ensuring that “Veliko Tamovo municipality pays archaeologists to discover vampiric funerals”. Says the team excavated the area of 2000 square meters for five years for the price of BGN 191.
In 5 years of exploration in the monasterial complex of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which was one of the largest of the Second Bulgarian Empire, archaeologists have found about 1000 coins from various eras, at least 30 gold objects, 160 silver objects and 55 intact ceramic pieces.
“Our inventory has a total of 1,500 objects. If these antiques are sold on the black market, their combined price will likely be above BGN 130,000”, Estimates Ovcharov.
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