Sunday, April 15, 2012

Archaeology: More details emerge about Roman ruins in Bulgaria’s Bourgas

More details have emerged about the archaeological find of Roman ruins at a spot near Bourgas on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast – including the fact that they have been found before and funding already has been allocated to investigate them.   The ruins emerged after huge seas scoured the Black Sea coast earlier in February 2012, prompting speculation whether this represented a hitherto unknown Roman settlement or just a small sewerage or sanitation installation.   Bourgas mayor Dimitar Nikolov went to see for himself and trumpeted the find, which hit national headlines amid the bitter winter weather chaos.   But it turned out that the existence of the ruins was well-known to archaeologists and 120 000 leva (about 60 000 euro) already had earmarked to investigate the site.   However, Bulgarian National Television said that while the site, near Sarafovo, was well-known to archaeologists, excitement about the extent to which the February storm had unveiled them had prompted hopes of new impetus for the project.   It was still not clear what the site represented, because so far all that was visible was a large Roman-era wall.   Konstantin Gospodinov, curator of the Archaeological Museum in Bourgas, said that a Roman-era coastal road had passed the site.   Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of the National History Museum, said that the ruins first had been found in September 2011, also after a storm.