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News: Bulgaria
Four images from the finds indicating an ancient wine cellar in Nesebar, Bulgaria. Photo: Prefecture of Nesebar.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Ancient wine cellar found at Nesebar

The finds date to the 5th century BC

A team of archaeologists, headed by Associate Professor Aneliya Bozhkova of the National Archaeological Institute Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, and Petya Kiyashkina of the Ancient Nesebar Museum, discovered a perfectly preserved cellar with amphorae from the Classical period, over the last days of the archaeological excavations in the Bulgarian coastal town of Nesebar (ancient Mesembria), the press office of Nesebar Municipality announced.

The research is organised under a project of the Ancient Nesebar Museum, financed by the Ministry of Culture, with the participation of experts in archaeology.

The ancient amphorae warehouse was dug in deep into the ground along the northern coast of the peninsula, which preserved it from the encroachment of time and the following cultural layers.

The cellar, measuring 2.60 x 2.50 m,  belonged to a house, which was destroyed during the 5th century BC. Archaeologists found more than 30 untouched amphorae – ceramic vessels for transportation and preservation of wine and olive oil. The amphorae are 0.70-0.80 centimetres tall. They used to be produced in big ancient Greek workshops and transported wine from prominent producers and importers, such as the islands of Chios, Lesbos, Thasos and others.

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1. Focus information Agency (Bulgaria), http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n316923 (17/10/2013)