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THRACOLOGISTS DISCOVER ANCIENT THRACIAN ROCK STEP PYRAMID IN EASTERN RHODOPE MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN BULGARIA



Publicado a 23/12/2015

An Ancient Thracian rock step pyramid with a rock sun temple dating back to 2500 BC has been identified in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria by an expedition of historians and thracologists.

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THRACOLOGISTS DISCOVER ANCIENT THRACIAN ROCK STEP PYRAMID IN EASTERN RHODOPE MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN BULGARIA

December 21, 2015 · by Ivan Dikov · in AntiquityPrehistoryAncient Thrace

The newly found Thracian rock step pyramid was hacked into a rocky plateau - here viewed from a distance. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

The newly found Thracian rock step pyramid was hacked into a rocky plateau – here viewed from a distance. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

An Ancient Thracian rock step pyramid with a rock sun temple dating back to 2500 BC has been identified in theEastern Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria by an expedition of historians and thracologists.

The Thracian pyramid in question was shaped out of the natural rocks in the mountain near the town of Kovil, Krumovgrad Municipality, Kardzhali District.
It is about 15 meters tall, and consists of five stepped terraces, with the sun temple hacked into the rocks inside it, according to Prof. Vasil Markov, a historian specializing in the civilization of Ancient Thrace.

Markov is the head of the University Research Center for Ancient European and Eastern Mediterranean Cultures at the Southwest University “Neofit Rilski” based in Bulgaria’s Blagoevgrad.


In the recent years, the Center has explored and identified a large number of Ancient Thracian monuments such asrock shrines in the mountains of Rila, Pirin, and the Western Rhodope Mountains (all located in Southwest Bulgaria).

The Thracian rock pyramid as viewed from a distance. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

The Thracian rock pyramid as viewed from a distance. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

A close-up of the terraces of the Thracian rock pyramid. Photo: BNT 2

A close-up of the terraces of the Thracian rock pyramid. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

A side view of the Thracian rock pyramid, with the sun temple visible at its base. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

A side view of the Thracian rock pyramid, with the sun temple visible at its base. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

In late 2015, it organized an expedition in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in order to explore the known and unknown Ancient Thracian shrines there, and compare them to those in Bulgaria’s Southwest.

“We have come back with really interesting results which, to be honest, have surprised even me, especially with respect to the dating and the features of these monuments,” Markov has said, presenting the expedition’s findings in a TV interview forBNT 2.

“These are a type of pyramids. In science, they are also known as terraced sacrificial altars or pyramid-like structures. But the one that we found near the town of Kovil in the Eastern Rhodopes is a pyramid all the way. It is aterraced step pyramid towering at 15 meters, with five levels, with a sun temple hacked [into the rock] inside it,”the historian has explained.

The sun temple hacked inside the Thracian rock pyramid. Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2

The sun temple hacked inside the Thracian rock pyramid. Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2

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In his words, the Ancient Thracian pyramid was itself hacked into the rocks of a large plateau, and was the center of a large territory considered to have been sacred by the Thracians.

It contains lots of sacrificial altars, “vessels” hacked into the “holy rocks” for the making of “holy wine”, and other megalithic structures.

Ancient Thracian rock vessels hacked into the rocks for making "holy wine". Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2

Ancient Thracian rock vessels hacked into the rocks for making “holy wine”. Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2

Ancient Thracian rock vessels hacked into the rocks for making "holy wine". Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2

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Inside the 15-meter rock step pyramid near Bulgaria’s Kovil there is a “womb cave” which is “the same” as the already famous “Womb Cave” Thracian shrine near the town of Ilinitsa in the Kardzhali District, also in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains.

The Womb Cave near Ilinitsa, which was apparently worshiped by the Ancient Thracians, consists of a natural vertical crack in the rocks leading into a cave whose entrance was shaped artificially to resemble a woman’s womb. Inside the cave, there is an altar.

The sunlight reaches the bottom of the cave only at a certain part of the day resembling a solar phallus which was seen by the ancient people  as symbolizing the copulation and holy marriage of the Sun and the Mountain (i.e. the Earth).

According to Markov, the newly identified Thracian step pyramid contains an identical womb cave that is just smaller. He notes that when viewed from the inside the sunlight resembles a phallus copulating with the cave as part of the above-mentioned “holy marriage”, according to the Thracians’ beliefs.

A photo of the womb cave discovered at the newly identified Thracian rock pyramid near Bulgaria's Kovil. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2
A photo of the womb cave discovered at the newly identified Thracian rock pyramid near Bulgaria’s Kovil. Compare it with the Womb Cave near Ilinitsa below. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

Compare: The already known womb cave at the Womb Cave Thracian Shrine near Ilientsi. A view of the cave entrance from the inside. Photo: Ivo Filipov, Wikipedia

Compare: The already known womb cave at the Womb Cave Thracian Shrine near Ilinitsa. A view of the cave entrance from the inside. Photo: Ivo Filipov, Wikipedia

Ancient Thracian ceramics from the Bronze Age found in the newly identified rock pyramid. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

Ancient Thracian ceramics from the Bronze Age found in the newly identified rock pyramid. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

During their exploration of the terraced pyramid, his team has found ceramics from different time periods – the Chalcolithic (Aeneolithic, Copper Age), the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and Thracian-Roman period (i.e. the Late Antiquity).

The ancient religious complex ceased to function at the end of the pagan period, with the adoption of Christianity.

Markov says the sun temple of the step pyramid near Kovil is dated back to 2500 BC, which is roughly the same time as the time when the Great Pyramid in Giza built ca. 2580-2560 BC in Ancient Egypt.

The research expedition has also explored that already well known Thracian shrine near the town of Tatul, Momchilgrad Municipality, Kardzhali District, also located in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains.

Structures from the Tatul Rock Shrine, an already well-known Ancient Thracian shrine in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains which also features pyramid-like structures. Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2


Structures from the Tatul Rock Shrine, an already well-known Ancient Thracian shrine in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains which also features pyramid-like structures. Photos: TV grabs from BNT 2

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The Tatul shrine also has the form of a terraced pyramid but is smaller than the newly found one near Kovil. AnotherThracian step pyramid shrine in the Eastern Rhodopes is located near the town of Angel Voyvoda, Haskovo District.

The Bulgarian researchers have also traveled to Turkey, to the region of the ancient kingdom of Phrygia (ca. 1200-700 BC) in West-Central Anatolia in order to compare the Ancient Thracian monuments in Southern Bulgaria with those of the Phrygians, who, according to Markov, may, too, have been Thracians.

An ancient terraced monument from Ancient Phrygia found in Anatolia, today's Turkey, which the Bulgarian scholars think are comparable to the pyramid-like structures in the Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2

An ancient terraced monument from Ancient Phrygia found in Anatolia, today’s Turkey, which the Bulgarian scholars think are comparable to the pyramid-like structures in the Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria. Photo: TV grab from BNT 2


“I can safely say that the terraced monument that we have found in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains is the largest of all those built by the Thracians, of all the known monuments in the Balkan-Anatolian Region,” says the historian.

He explains that while parts of the vast complex of rock shrines in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains have been known to the locals, and have been explored by archaeologists, the Thracian rock step pyramid near Bulgaria’s Kovil has somehow been missed by the scientists until now.

“I was stunned when I stood in front of this thing. I am unable to offer an explanation as to why it has been missed by thescience in Bulgaria. There is just no explanation,” Markov concludes.

Also check out our other recent story about newly identified ancient megaliths near Zlatosel in Southern Bulgaria:

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