Rock Grave of ‘Dismembered’ Thracian Noblewoman Buried with Silver Jewels Discovered in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains

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A grave of an Ancient Thracian noblewoman, whose corpse was ritually dismembered before her burial, has been discovered during excavations near the town of Benkovski in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria.

The grave contains a rich inventory of almost 60 silver and bronze jewels, including rings, a tiara, earrings, beads, and necklaces, and dates back to the second half of the 4th century BC, roughly about the time of the rule of Emperor Alexander the Great of Macedon (r. 336-323 BC).

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