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Mound necropolis, village of Stambolovo, localities Dvete Chuki and Ilyarska forest

village of Stambolovo, localities Dvete Chuki and Ilyarska forest in Haskovo, Bulgaria
In 1966, in the Dvete Chuki locality, opposite Gledka dam, during deep digging of the earth for planting a vineyard, a Thracian chariot from the 2nd century was unearthed a few metres from one of the mounds. The carriage and the yoke are decorated with bronze open-work engravings and small bronze figurines of pegasi, heads of wild boars and actor's masks. On the back of the chariot, positioned in the middle between two small bronze Ionic columns coated with ivy and vine sprouts and decorated with red stones, we see the statue of Apollo, playing the lyre. In 1985, the neighboring mound was also excavated and scholars discovered some 30 clay pots dating to the same period and placed in the grave of the deceased during the funerary burning ritual. In the vicinity of Gledka Reservoir one can see remains of Roman and medieval settlements.
The site in the locality Ilyarska forest was registered in July 2008 based on reports of treasure hunters. It dates back to the early Iron Age. The mounds are raised on top of low natural elevations, at the ridge of an almost indistinct watershed overgrown with a broad-leaved forest. The embankments are mainly made of stones - pieces of local volcanic rocks, limestone and sandstone, and a few river stones. Archaeologists have discovered six graves.


A characteristic feature of aristocratic Thracian funerary ceremonies encountered at some Thracian mound necropolises was the burial of a horse.



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