The tomb near the village of Starosel, province of Plovdiv, was discovered in 2000 and was a sensational find, even for the archeologists. Built on a natural tumulus it is now the largest preserved Thracian royal complex comprising a mausoleum in Southeastern Europe. It is so impressive, with beautiful architecture, and dominates the surroundings (it offers a view on the whole Thracian Valley) that there is no doubt that this was a religious site connected with the royal institution. Specialists date part of the finds to the end of the 5 th and the beginning of the 4 th century BC.
There are about 60,000 Thracian tumuli (usually of moderate dimensions) in Bulgaria. They were counted by the end of the 1960's. Only about one thousand of them have been explored and tombs were found in eleven.
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