Sofia. Source: Focus Information Agency
In the Slatina Neolithic settlement we found 3 parallel ditches characteristic of the earliest settlements in the Balkans, said Professor Vasil Nikolov, who heads the archaeological research of the early Neolithic site, Focus News Agency
reports. According to Professor Nikolov, after the discovery of the oldest house in Europe, the research on the site has continued and information has been gathered about the construction and the people who lived there. What was interesting this year was the discovery of the three ditches, said the professor. According to him, they are older than the houses, perhaps 50 or 100 years older, but that is yet to be proved by radiocarbon dating. Prof. Nikolov said generally ditches were used for defensive purposes, but these are shallow. “These ditches surround the settlement. However, what amazed us were the wooden walls in two of the ditches, which could be used to jump over easily and get inside. These walls are not defensive, it is another type of construction. For now, we can’t say much but it is for sure the first time we see something like that in Southeastern Europe,” Prof. Nikolov said, adding that a part of the settlement has not been excavated yet. “To me, the most amazing part is the way of thinking of the people who lived here, they had innovation tactics and skills,” he said.
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