Strange discovery of ancient European city
The residents of the city, which is considered the oldest in Europe, it seems, quartered their dead and buried them in strange positions, as reported recently by archeologists. Not long ago, it opens the ancient settlement existed around 4700 BC near the Bulgarian town of Provadia, near the Black Sea coast.
Archeology Professor Vassil Nikolov, who directed the excavations, drew attention to the city and its necropolis, where he found a strange and complex burial rituals. "Today we can say that the Provadia with its salt mines - the oldest city in Europe: the settlement dates back to 4700-4200 years BC," - he said.
While scientists can not say for sure why some of the bodies were divided into 2 parts and buried her hips up. Archaeologists have found evidence that some of the residents of these areas have been mining salt rich. Professor Nikolov also said that the 300-350 residents of the town were living in two-storey houses and make a living in that salt was mined in the area, which was a very important product in the ancient world and was highly prized.
"Salt water is evaporated using different techniques in ceramic pots - said Professor Nikolov. - The produced salt has been used as money, since it was necessary product for human and animals. " The nearby town of Provadia remains an important center of salt to this day, in the extraction of salt invested a lot of foreign capital. In ancient times, these places were the only ones in the Balkans, where the salt is produced.
To protect the wealth of the city was surrounded by a stone wall height of 3 meters and a thickness of 2 meters, so historians believe that it was the most powerful strengthening of Europe at that time. Other finds show that already 7000 years ago, the city had a class system.
The spiral copper needles for hair found in some graves suggest that there were two classes, one of which is a higher social status. Also, scientists believe that women wore bun hairstyle.