The bones were discovered at a spot between the Metropolitan Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary and the town’s Byzantine Fortress where works are being conducted by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Rodopi.

Stabilizing work is being supervised by archeologists on a path running parallel to the Fortress wall–on its inside–near the Church. The human bones were discovered after cement was removed from the route parallel to the Fortress and at no great depth.

According to, at one spot the bones of at least seven people were found as well as perfectly preserved human remains while there are also other human bones scattered around.

So far, it is not known whether this is a mass grave or part of a cemetery, while the time of burial is still to be determined following examination.