dagger found in Bulgaria
Archaeologists have discovered
a precious golden dagger dated to about 3,000
BC in a Thracian tomb in the centre of Bulgaria.
It is the latest find from one
of many tombs believed to have formed the cradle
of Thracian civilization. The dagger, made of
an alloy of gold and platinum, was found near
the village of Dubovo.
Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of Bulgaria’s
National Museum, told Reuters news agency the
It is the latest in a string of
finds in the area in recent years which has
excited archaeologists and has provided more
details of the skills of the still mysterious
According to officials at the
museum, the dagger is 16 cm (6 in) long and
is sharp enough to shave with. More than 500
other miniature gold items were found in the
same tomb. The detail on the dagger suggests
that it was used for sacrificial purposes.