11th-century skeleton unearthed in Great Basilica

A burial dating to between 10th-11th century AD was found during excavations of the Great Basilica in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The find was made by the regional prosecutor who volunteered to take part in excavations.

Excavations of the skeleton (by podtepeto via The Sofia Globe)
Excavations of the skeleton (by podtepeto via The Sofia Globe)

The prosecutor, Gergana Mutafova, is one of nearly 20 enthusiasts assisting at the site of the Great Basilica, the largest ancient Christian church to have been found on the Balkans, where earlier in October impressive murals and mosaics were discovered. The skeleton was on a mosaic near the main entrance of the basilica. A small ceramic tile had been placed under its head. Other human remains were found nearby, part of a large Medieval cemetery that had been located at the site.

Uncovering the skeleton (by podtepeto via The Sofia Globe)
Uncovering the skeleton (by podtepeto via The Sofia Globe)

The skeletal remains are said to belong to a middle-aged man. The female prosecutor is said to have examined the skull, ribcage and long bones of the skeleton and the  individual’s bones bear no signs of violence.

(after The Sofia Globe & podtepeto)

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