Tractor driver hits stone, opening 1,700-year-old Roman tomb in Bulgaria. Watch it

While plowing his field in Bulgaria, a farmer hit a large stone with his tractor. Stop by to inspect the area and discover some exposed human bones.

The farmer in Nova Varbovka reported the remains to police, who brought with them an archaeologist to investigate, Kalin Chakarov, an archaeologist at the Veliko Tarnovo Regional Museum of History, told McClatchy News in a Feb. 12 email.

Archaeologists looked at the farmer’s find and realized he had opened an ancient Roman tomb.

A group moves the stone slab from the top of the 1,700-year-old Roman tomb.A group moves the stone slab from the top of the 1,700-year-old Roman tomb.

A group moves the stone slab from the top of the 1,700-year-old Roman tomb.


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Field excavations revealed a second stone tomb. The “huge tombs” were “built with bricks, stones and mortar,” and were then “covered with huge slabs of limestone,” Chakarov said.

The photos show the ancient tombs side by side.

A pair of ancient Roman tombs found in Nova Varbovka.A pair of ancient Roman tombs found in Nova Varbovka.

A pair of ancient Roman tombs found in Nova Varbovka.

Inside the smaller grave, archaeologists found the bones of a young child, some gold earrings, a necklace, coins and a “very rare” medal with a picture of a Roman emperor, Chakarov said.

The smaller grave was discovered in Nova Varbovka.The smaller grave was discovered in Nova Varbovka.

The smaller grave was discovered in Nova Varbovka.

In the larger grave, about 10 feet long, archaeologists discovered the remains of a man and a woman who died between the ages of 45 and 60, Chakarov said. The couple was buried with coins, gold earrings, bottles, a lamp and a necklace. The picture shows a few of these antiques.

The largest tomb is located in Nova Varbovka.The largest tomb is located in Nova Varbovka.

The largest tomb is located in Nova Varbovka.

Chakarov said that the burials most likely belong to a family. “First a child died, then his parents were buried in the same place but in a different grave.”

the Ancient Roman cemeteries It is about 1,700 years old and dates back to between 200 and 250 AD, the Veliko Tarnovo Regional Museum of History said in a press release on January 31.

Some of the artifacts found in the tombs are 1,700 years old.Some of the artifacts found in the tombs are 1,700 years old.

Some of the artifacts found in the tombs are 1,700 years old.

The museum said that based on the tombs and the treasures found inside them, the deceased were likely wealthy landowners or high-ranking residents.

The field in Nova Varbovka was excavated in December. Archaeologists have not yet analyzed DNA from the skeletons but hope to do so soon.

Nova Varbovka, sometimes translated as Nova Vrbovka, is located about 130 miles northeast of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Google Translate was used to translate newsletters issued by the Veliko Tarnovo Regional History Museum.

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(Tags for translation)Kalin Chakarov

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