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05-18-2011, 07:35 AM
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<span style="color: #000000">A team of Bulgarian archaeologists were surprised to discover a temple dedicated to the worship of the Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone beneath the remains they had come onsite to study, that of a church and fortress wall that were once part of Byzantine monastery known as St. Apostles and 20,000 Martyrs.

The site is located on the Skamniy Cape nearby the town of Sozopol in Bulgaria. In ancient times the city was a Greek colony known by the name of Apollonia. The town was conquered by the First Bulgarian Empire, under Khan Krum, in 812 CE but was later recaptured by Byzantium. In the Middle Ages the town was a Byzantine stronghold.

Apollonia’s time being passed from invader to invader wasn’t over. In 1459 it was conquered again this time by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Archaeological evidence seems to suggest that the Ottomans burned St. Apostles and 20,000 Martyrs Monastery down to the ground at this time.

It is thought that the remains of the buildings being studied today were built in the first half of the 14th century by Anastasios Palaiologos, brother of the Byzantine Emperor. Today all that remains of the monastery is rubble from the fortress wall and church. It was while digging here that the Bulgarian archaeological team, led by Professor Krastina Panayotova, discovered a treasure trove of figurines and ceramics connected to the worship of Demeter and Persephone. Professor Krastina Panayotova says they are a clear indication that a cult to these two goddesses predated the monastery she had come to study.

"We have come across pieces before but this time the finding is concentrated in one location, in the wall of the tower that was built above it. It is connected with the cult for Demeter and Persephone," the archaeologist explained.

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This was not Professor Panayotova’s first experience with the ruins outside of Sozopol. She has been leading an ongoing series of excavations in this area for the past several years and has discovered many important artifacts ranging from the 7th century BCE to the 7th century CE. The area around Sozopol has long been considered to be an important site for archaeologists of many different interests. It was one of the earlier centers of Christianity and several important early Christian relics have been discovered at sites all around Sozopol.

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05-18-2011, 11:07 AM
This stuff bored me to death in high school but now I am very intrigued.


05-18-2011, 01:01 PM
There is so much out there right now its impossible to keep up.