Latest (Intact) Tomb from Bulgaria

From Novinite:

An intact Ancient Thracian tomb which has not been destroyed by treasure hunters has been discovered by a team of Bulgarian archaeologists near the town of Opaka in northeast Bulgaria.

The tomb of a Thracian dignitary is dated to the 2nd century BC, and was discovered by the team of archaeologist Nikola Rusev from the History Museum in the town of Popovo, Targovishte District.

The tomb is part of a complex of several Ancient Thracian mounds. According to historians, the discovery is one of the latest burials in Ancient Thrace. Two settlements in Ancient Thrace are believed to have picked the spot for their ritual funerals.

One of the most startling discoveries in the newly-found Thracian tomb are six leafs made of gold, part of a golden wreath, together with other golden and bronze decorations, pottery, and glass and bronze cosmetic vessels. Another unique find is a human-shaped balsamarium, small container for incense or perfume often made in the form of a grotesque figure.

“These items were most likely produced outside of the territory of today’s Bulgaria and were then imported. It is safe to say that they were luxury products,” said archaeologist Nikola Rusev, as cited by bTV.

Newly-uncovered Thracian tombs in Bulgaria are becoming increasingly rare as many of them have been damaged by treasure hunters even before archaeologists can reach them.

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Sex-Strike
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The incipit of an item from Wire Update (tip o’ the pileus to @pourmecoffee on Twitter) …

Almost 300 hundred women in southwest Colombia vowed to withhold sex from their husbands until the government paves the connecting road into their village, Colombia Reports said on Friday.

Dubbed the “strike of crossed legs,” the women in the town of Barbacoas near the Pacific coast are trying to persuade their husbands to pressure local authorities to properly maintain the main road out of their village which stretches some 35 miles 56 kilometers before reaching the nearest town. Many husbands of the women on strike, however, said that they would prefer that their wives engage in a hunger strike instead.

It currently takes about 12 to 14 hours to reach the nearest hospital. More than a dozen medical patients have died on the road before reaching the hospital.

Colombia has a recent history of sex-strikes. In 1997, Colombia’s military chief Manuel Bonnet called for a sex-strike among the wives of paramilitaries, guerillas, and drug lords to promote peace. In 2006, wives and girlfriends of gang members also went on a sex strike in central Colombia after their city suffered a period of violence that left 480 people dead.

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