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Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved

Date of Submission: 01/10/1984
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Commission Nationale de la R.P. de Bulgarie pour l'Unesco
Coordinates: City of Stara Zagora, in the district of the Higher Institute of Medicine
Ref.: 44

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They are located in the city of Stara Zagora, in the district of the Higher Institute of Medicine.The two dwellings stand side by side. They date back to the 6th millennium before our era. They were discovered in the course of excavations. By a rare chance, all the furnishings and household utensils have been preserved intact since discovery. At present, they are the best preserved dwellings of that period found in Bulgaria or in any other country. The furnaces, hand-grinders, the numerous ceramic vessels, stone implements, ornaments and the like are in very good condition. The dwellings offer a complete idea of the life of a neo--lithic family - its number, economic life and everyday occupations, the nature of home furnishings and utensils, the manner of building, maintenance, the preparation of food, etc. The neo-lithic dwellings of Stara Zagora are a unique monument of culture in Europe and Hither Asia from that early era. They have been declared monuments of culture. All findings have been preserved and conserved in the exact position in which they were discovered. A special museum has been built above them. The public has access to the archaeological monument through a roundabout corridor. An exhibition room and other rooms attached to the museum, have been built as well.