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Bulgarian Pompeii to be excavated again
Sat Jul 9, 2011 6:15PM
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A team of Bulgarian-British archeologists has resumed excavations in the ancient city of Nikopolis-ad-Istrum near Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.


Known as the best preserved archaeological site in Bulgaria, Nikopolis-ad-Istrum is called by some the Bulgarian Pompeii, StandArt reported.

The team is slated to start excavations this summer by exploring a building dating back to the time of Roman emperor Septimus, which experts believe was used as temple by the worshippers of the goddess Cybele.

Previous excavations have yielded pieces of wall paneling, details of door cases, windows and niches.

Archeologists now hope to restore the architectural layout of the settlement as it used to be during the reign of Emperor Trajan in the second century.

Preliminary studies revealed the network of streets, the forum surrounded by an Ionic colonnade and many buildings, a two-nave room later turned into a basilica which showed that the town was planned based on the orthogonal system.

The architectural remains and sculptures show a similarity with those of the ancient towns in Asia Minor.

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