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Archaeology: Part of ancient fortress wall of Philippolis found in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Fri, Dec 09 2011 5 Comments, 8705 Views
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Part of the ancient fortress wall of Philippopolis was discovered during excavations by EVN Heating in the centre of Plovdiv, Bulgarian National Television said on December 9 2011.

The find, however, will not be exhibited because the roadway has to be covered over again, the report said.

Workers who were installing a heating pipeline made the find and stopped work immediately so that archaeologists could carry out an examination of the section of the fortress wall, which is about 50m long and close to two metres wide.

The find gives a new insight to the topography of ancient Phiippopolis.

Archaeologist Zheni Tankova said that the fortress wall was built in the last quarter of the second century CE.

Archaeologists also found part of the remains of a large structure with a width of more than two metres. These may be the remains of a tower or an entrance to the building, but they cannot be studied fully because they are under buildings and a busy street.

The find has been filmed and recorded and will be covered over again in coming days with the completion of the work on the heating infrastructure.

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      resident_greek Rating: 8
      #5 00, 07, Mon, Dec 12 2011


      the city fell to the Romans for good on 46 AD. Findings at that time were most probably of Greek or Thracian origin

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      gojoe Rating: 8
      #4 19, 56, Sun, Dec 11 2011

      Classics degree and never heard of CE? CE is "Common Era (sometimes Current Era or Christian Era", politically correct was to say AD.
      Also, "greek_resident" the article states "last quarter of the second century CE" so we would be looking at Roman ruins here not Greek.

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      resident_greek Rating: 8
      #3 11, 52, Sun, Dec 11 2011

      nice to read about all these Greek archaeological findings in Bulgaria but you can mention the word Greek or Byzantine - Greek in the articles every so and often.

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      cinta34 Rating: 5
      #2 23, 49, Sat, Dec 10 2011

      http: //

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      irvineri Rating: 5
      #1 22, 02, Sat, Dec 10 2011

      What is the expression CE at the date in the fifth paragraph? Excuse my ignorance, but I am British, so English is my native language, and I have a classics degree, but this means nothing to me.

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