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Thracian tomb of Aleksandrovo kurgan

This is a Thracian beehive tomb from the beginning of the IV c. BC and its murals are more interesting than those of the Kazanluk tomb. Built of enormous ashlars, the tomb consists of two rooms - a rectangular entryway and a round chamber with a two men high dome cover. Both rooms are covered with murals: men, animals, plants and geometric motifs. We see for the first time murals with topics, known until now from Thracian golden and silver objects Starting from the entrance room, with the help of a flashlight we see hunting scenes. In the chamber are scattered stone blocks, probably the work of treasure-hunters. It is assumed that they come from the bed/couch of the Thracian leader. Around 1 metre above the ground there are drawn geometric figures, animals, plants and fully-armed warriors. After the Kazanluk tomb, discovered in 1944, this is the second tomb from our lands, depicting humans. The pictures are painted in red, blue, yellow, black, but the predominant colour is that of a brick/tile. The images are a little bit more primitive than those of the Kazanluk tomb, which, according to the archaeologists, shows that this tomb is older. The images, it is said, have nothing in common with the Greek art of painting, which means that they were the work of local Thracian masters. These murals categorically prove that the Kazanluk images were also the work of Thracians, something debatable/under question until now.

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