Monday, July 09, 2012

Bulgarian Archaeologists Find Late Antiquity Church on Black Sea Coast

The latest excavations in Sarafovo started when the Black Sea waves uncovered the walls of Roman-era structures. Photo by Darik Radio

Bulgarian archaeologists have found a church dating back to the lateAntiquity period, which is located near the village of Sarafovo, on theBlack Sea coast.

The site, which is close to the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, has been excavated by the team of Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, who is the Director of the National Archaeology Institute and Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, since the start of May 2012.

"We can safely say that we have found a small church. Initial evidence allows us to date it back to the 4th-6th century AD," Prof. Vagalinski explained as cited by Darik Radio.

The excavations at Sarafovo (a village also known for hosting a military airfield) began after over the winter the sea waves uncovered parts of a Roman structures – a residential building with a sewage system, whose existence has been suspected by Bulgarian archaeologists since the 1970s.