Two settlements from the Late Iron Age (6th century BC) were discovered during archaeological research near the Sliven village of Glufishevo, reported the Regional History Museum (RIM) “Dr. Simeon Tabakov” in Sliven.
Archaeologists from RIM – Sliven, New Bulgarian University, young scientists from the University of Chicago (USA) and volunteers from Germany are conducting archaeological tours together in the Tundzha valley in the municipality of Sliven for the second year. The project is financed by the Ministry of Culture.
Fragments of amphorae show that the inhabitants of the land of Glufishevo during the Late Iron Age imported wine or olive oil from Thassos. It is very likely that they also produced and exported wine with the grapes they grew on the slopes of Lozbair and Kalebair. Perhaps the first road connections between the settlements, preserved in the memory of the local population as the “big cobblestone” (connecting the settlement with Kabyle) and the “small cobblestone” (its route during the Roman era can be traced to Augusta Traiana) date from this era.
The team of RIM – Sliven and their partners from the New Bulgarian University have set themselves the goal of going around the flat parts of the municipality of Sliven. The addition of new archaeological sites to the Archaeological Map of Bulgaria is an important condition for the preservation and interpretation of our antiquities.
The PhD student at Harvard University (USA) Pauline Shongov, whose parents are from Sliven, filmed a number of interviews with the people of Glufishevo, who told about the past of their area. A short documentary about the project is about to be made, the museum says.