Hurricane Reveals an Unknown Roman Site in Bulgaria

A couple of brief items from Standart are — as often — tantalizingly vague. First:

The strong hurricane which rages near the city of Bourgas made a favour to the Bulgarian archaeologists.
The hurricane has unearthed an ancient Roman town,” mayor of Bourgas Dimitar Nikolov was happy to say.
The merciless wave washed away tones of mud to discover the relics. The finding is located in the northern part of Sarafovo residential district as part of the town lies on the border with a vacation house of the ministry of defense. “We have no idea what the name of the settlement was because it is not described or seen on the old maps and documents. A stone pillar with inscriptions has been discovered and the future excavations will definitely find other written sources to help us learn the name of the place,” the director of the Bulgarian National Museum of History Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov told the Standart.
In Mr. Dimitrov’s opinion, the settlement had a strategic significance in the past.
“The relics are quite monumental and tell us it was a big town,” Mr Dimitrov states.

The original online article has a subtitle referring to a sarcophagus find … that appears to have been dealt with in a separate piece:

The hurricane that has recently hit Bourgas, southern Black Sea coast, has made an unexpected gift to archeologists. The stormy seas unearthed the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement and an adjacent port. Having raged for two days and nights the waves uncovered twelve metres of the frontal walls of a huge building – about 2.5 metres high. The sea has also brought to light something that resembles a stone sarcophagus. Archeologists believe a noble Roman might have been buried in it. A day later, however, some of these same archeologists expressed more reserved views on the finding assuming this could be just the pool of an ancient fountain. Nothing, though, can be known for sure before the sea calms down and archeologists get access to the place.

That second item is accompanied by a sort of ‘coastal’ photo … not sure if it’s meant to be a photo of the finds or what, but adds the detail that the finds date back to the time of Justinian.

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