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The excavation works are carried out in the area of Skumsale nearby Strelcha

Archeologists started excavation works of a sanctuary nearby Strelcha, region of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.

The new archeological season has begun in Strelcha this year headed by Ass. Prof. Alexej Gotsev, Phd. from the National Archeological Institute. The excavation works are carried out in the area of Skumsale nearby Strelcha. The site represents a rock formation complex dated III-II century BC and is located some 7 km away from the town. The major goal of the studies is to define the character and the chronology of the site through the excavation works. The rock formations are formed by a swath of natural rocks bearing traces of human activity. Scientists assume the site is of cultic significance and represents a sanctuary of impressive size. Initial research indicated the formations date back from III-II century BC. Scientists will try to define exactly when this human activity could be traced back and also what was the purpose of the site. In 2011 the team of researchers has studied three sites nearby Strelcha: Skumsale, Kulata and Kachulata.

The artifacts found there will be exhibited in the Historical Museum of Strelcha.

Scientists assume these rock formations are linked to various phenomena related to the Sun. For example, in the area of Kachulata the site is arranged such that exactly on the first day of summer 22th June the dawning Sun penetrates inside through one of the gaps. The Skumsale site is located on the same straight line formed between the Kulata site and the Kachulata site. The site is a complex monument of impressive size – 1300 meters long and 600 meters wide and comprises multiple successively arranged isolated rock formations (massifs or swaths of rocks) which rise above and dominate the surrounding terrain.

More info here (in Bulgarian).

The excavation works are carried out in the area of Skumsale nearby Strelcha

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