EXPLORATIONS OF MEDIAEVAL SETTLEMENT IN SBORYANOVO (Elena Pencheva – firstname.lastname@example.org, Mariya Nikolaeva) Remains of an oval construction, 5 m by 6 m in size, built of middle-size stones were explored. Most likely, this is a sunken-floored building, which was dug at least at 70 cm in depth. There are no data about its entrance, the roofing construction and the hearth. The finds are typical of the First Bulgarian Kingdom (7th – 10th centuries). Spindle whorls, an iron knife and remains of metallurgical activity (significant amount of iron slag) were found, in addition to the pottery. Two stone fragments with smooth faces and incised graffiti are of special interest. A wall with single face was discovered during the removing of the stones fallen inside the oval building. Its structure differs from the wall of the building and apparently it formed part of another, earlier construction. The wall is 3.10 m in length and is preserved at least down to 80 cm in depth. The finds related to the wall also come from the First Bulgarian Kingdom. In addition, remains of a monumental wall, 2.60 – 3 m in width, were discovered. The eastern face of the wall was explored. The material discovered also comes from the First Bulgarian Kingdom. The function of the monumental wall located within the settlement is yet to be clarified. Some structures, most likely remains of dwellings, were registered to the north of the monumental wall. Single-faced walls and inhabitation strata were discovered.
- Elena Pencheva - Department of Archaeology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
- Mariya Nikolaeva - Museum of History – Isperih
- Museum of History - Isperih
- Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
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