Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Thracian Gold Fever

Thracian Gold Fever: "Finds from the tombs of the Valley of Thracian Kings include decorative equestrian ornaments and a delicate gold kylix, or drinking cup.

While the sensational finds from a 2,500-year-old necropolis dubbed the 'Valley of the Thracian Kings' have fired the imagination of the Bulgarian public and the world beyond, the story behind the discoveries, centered around the controversial methods of the archaeologist who made them--unorthodox excavation practices, shady business deals, allegations of collaborations with looters--raises questions about how this poor former East Bloc nation will manage the future of its past."