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BULGARIE – Sostra - Archaeologist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Hristov has discovered a heater for an Ancient Roman Jacuzzi during the ongoing excavations of the Roman road station at the Sostra Fortress near thecentral town of Troyan.The Roman road station, which was first found by Hristov’s team in the spring of 2014 and is presently being excavated further, has itself been described as a “luxury” Roman motel because of the amenities that it offered for the Roman travelers taking the Via Trajana, the road used by Roman Emperor Trajan (r. 98-117 AD). The newly found heater for a Roman Jacuzzi consists of a furnace heating up air which is then directed to a shallow pool similar to a modern-day Jacuzzi, reports local news site InfoTroyan.eu. The Roman Jacuzzi itself is situated right next to a larger indoor swimming pool. Technically, theBulgarian archaeologists excavating the Roman road station at the Sostra Fortress have already uncovered entire Ancient Roman thermae. It was part of a luxury complex resembling a modern-day spa resort; it has also been described as apraetorium because it was a meeting space for VIP visitors.
BULGARIE – Plovdiv - The grave of a child most likely buried according to a pagan rite has been found during byarchaeologists in rescue excavations during construction works in the downtown of the SouthernBulgarian city of Plovdiv.The child whose skeleton has been found was aged 7 or 8 at the time of the burial. The grave is situated in the north-south direction, with the child’s head pointing to the south. The Bulgarian archaeologists emphasize that this positioning of the corpse is not typical for Christian funerals, which has led them to believe that the child was buried according to a pagan rite. According to the initial estimates, the child grave is dated to the Middle Ages but more precise datingwill be announced at a later stage after the child bones are fully excavated and studied. The archaeologists have not found any casket or other grave inventory leading them to conclude that the child was buried quickly in a burial pit directly into the ground.Plovdiv, which is believed to have been the earliest city in Europe, or Philipopolis, as it was called in the periods of Antiquity and Early Christianity, has a long Christian tradition; however, it has been a city of many religions throughout all historical periods.
GRECE – Amphipolis -The Amphipolis tomb excavation site is in danger of being buried under the sand due to neglect and weather conditions, said Greek Deputy Minister of Culture Nikos Xydakis. The Amphipolis tomb discovery was one of the ten most important findings in the world in 2014. Now, the burial monument is at risk of being buried again, but this time to the knowledge of archaeologists. “The surrounding wall with wonderful marbles from Thasos needs drainage works urgently,” Xydakis said. Drainage works must be completed before autumn, when bad weather starts again.