by Marian Draganov
SOFIA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The long-sought capital of the largest Thracian kingdom has been recently discovered, Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of the National Museum of History, said in an interview with Xinhua on Thursday.
Dimitrov said the capital of the Odrysian Kingdom, which in the 5th century BC united the 22 Thracian kingdoms on the territory of contemporary Bulgaria, was based on the Kozi Gramadi peak in Sredna Gora mountain.
"Evidences of this are the monumental architecture that can be seen only at this place in southern Thrace on the lands of the Odrysian Kingdom, but also many Thracian coins," Dimitrov told Xinhua.
Thracian coins were minted in low numbers and were more for prestige than for real money turnover, making the discovery even more rare, he added.
At Kozi Gramadi, archaeologists also discovered plenty of coins of Philip II, King of Macedon, who captured the capital of Odrysian Kingdom, Dimitrov said.
"We found lead bullets for slings, which are evidence of this attack," he said.
The city was the capital of the Odrysian Kingdom from the 5th century BC to the 1st century AD, after which it joined the Roman Empire.
The city was destroyed in the 4th century AD, probably by Germanic Goths, and has never been rebuilt, Dimitrov said. It is still not clear what the name of this city was.
"We need to find a plate, a building inscription from which to discover the name of the fortress," he said.
Archaeological excavations have been conducted at about 300 locations in Bulgaria this summer.
Besides the Odrysian capital, other interesting findings were revealed near the main entrance to the Black Sea town of Sozopol, including medieval monastery with beautiful architecture, many seals of Byzantine rulers and Bulgarian kings, and a customs office attached to the monastery.