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Unearthed chariot and team of horses points at lavish rites of ancient Bulgarian peoples

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Why would an ancient Thracian people, the Getae, bury – 2,500 years ago – a chariot complete with horses standing upright?

The discovery near the northern Bulgarian village of Svestari, has marveled the archeological team that made it.

It is the oldest such find in the region.

It is evidence of the lavish funeral rites afforded high status Thracians entering the after-life.

Diana Gergova is head of the Bulgarian Archeological team says, “the chariot dates back to the last decades of the fourth century BC, when the Getae dynasty was at its peak and when all these amazing complexes of mounds were built to accommodate burials of several Getae rulers.”

According to archaeologists, this find is not just the first chariot of its kind found anywhere, but also the earliest carriage ever found in Bulgaria.

Archeologists have been taking to the deep close to the ancient sea port of Aenona, off the Croatian coast, to explore three ancient sunken ships.

They have found around 500 fragments, dating from the 9th Century BC that give a unique insight into the local Illyrian people and Liburnians.

The team is most excited by ancient olives and to see if the Liburnians ate the same food as we do.

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