Near the village of Karanovo in southeastern Bulgaria, archaeologists are excavating an ancient burial mound. Around 1,800 years ago, a great man was laid to rest there – and now the secrets of his grave are being revealed. What’s more, as the researchers dig through the earth, they discover an incredible relic that’s remained untouched for centuries.
Thousands of years ago, an ancient people lived in the region now occupied by portions of Turkey, Greece, Romania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The people were referred to as the Thracians, and their first known mention is in Homer’s the Iliad, which notes them as having been allied with Troy during the Trojan War.
Over time, the Thracians spread out across much of southeastern Europe. And although in the first century A.D. the people eventually came under Roman control, they remained a powerful, formidable force. Mystery, however, still shrouds their history.