Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed a golden mask dating back to the 4th century BC, Bulgarian media reported Sunday.
The find of the mask - believed to have belonged to a ruler during the period of the Thrace kingdom covering parts of what is today Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Turkey - on Saturday as archaeologists were working at a site near Sliven, 250 kilometres east of Sofia.
The mask was one of a number of artefacts found in a wood-panelled grave at the site.
It was the second such golden mask found in Bulgaria in recent years in a region now becoming known as the "valley of the Thracian kings," the media reports said.
The Thracians were mentioned in Homer's epic poem, the Iliad, which itself dates back to the 7th or 8th century BC.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2007, 11:12