Team Digs Up Ancient Chariot

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2008 8:51 PM CDT
Team Digs Up Ancient Chariot
Archaeologists work around a 1,900-year-old chariot at an ancient Thracian tomb near the village of Borisovo in Bulgaria.    (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

(Newser) – Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,900-year-old chariot in good condition at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria. The team found the four-wheel chariot during excavations near the village of Borisovo, around 180 miles east of the capital, Sofia. It's rare to find a chariot of this age in one piece, say archeologists, who often discover that looters have been there ahead of them.

At the funerary mound, the team also discovered table pottery, glass vessels and other gifts for the funeral of a wealthy Thracian aristocrat. The Thracians were an ancient people that inhabited the lands of present-day Bulgaria and parts of modern Greece, Turkey, Macedonia and Romania between 4,000 BC and the 6th century, when they were assimilated by the invading Slavs. (Read more Bulgaria stories.)

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