A late Roman coin has been found at a fortress in Northern Bulgaria.
A Late Roman coin was discovered at the fortress Kale Shirokovo in Ruse, Deyan Dragoev, curator in the Archaeology department at the Ruse Regional Historical Museum told BTA.
The coin was from the period of Roman emperor Constans II. It was minted in 651 AD and is made of bronze. It is one of the latest ancient coins discovered in monern Northern Bulgaria during archaeological research, explained Dragoev.
He will present the results of the archaeological survey of Kale Shirokovo conducted last year at the Ruse EcoMuseum on Thursday evening. The Late Roman and Medieval fortress is located on a naturally protected rock between the rivers of Baniski and Cherni Lom.
Dragoev noted that thanks to its powerful fortification system, the fortress, built in the middle of the 5th century, managed to survive the Avaro-Slav invasions of the end of the 6th century, becoming one of the three attested fortresses in the valley of the Ruse Lom River with records leading up to the first half of the VII century.
During the medieval era, the fortified territory was expanded.
"Karel Skorpil suggested that in the ruins of Kale Shirokovo, one should look for the city of Agranzinos, mentioned in the 12th century by the Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi. Other scientists identify the fortress with the medieval Bulgarian city of Krastovets," explained the archaeologist.
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Late Roman Coin Discovered in the Kale Shirokovo Fortress in Northern Bulgaria
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