site.btaArchaeological Season 2022 at Perperikon Ends, New Pagan Temple Revealed
This year’s archaeological season at the at the site of the ancient stone city of Perperikon has ended, Prof. Nikolai Ovcharov said Thursday.
This year’s excavations revealed a new pagan temple dating from the 3rd-4th century, quite unbelievably preserved to a height of 3 m at places. This would make it the best preserved temple in the Rhodopes, or even probably in present-day Bulgaria, Ovcharov said. Quite typically for the rock architecture of Perperikon, the lower part of the walls and the floor of the structure were cut out of the rock. The walls themselves are made of quadrangular blocks.
The finds from the temple are few, but indicative. These include coins, all dating from the second half of the 4th century, as well as bronze and silver cult-related objects, the professor added.
The newly-revealed temple is located some 20 m away from the already well-known and impressive Dionysus altar uncovered in 2003-2004.
Earlier this year, Ovcharov recalled that excavations have been going on at Perperikon for over 20 years, during which time more than 80 per cent of the site has been uncovered. He also said they were hopefully working on the secret temple premises, including the famous oracle room where Alexander the Great is supposed to have learnt he would conquer the world.