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The skeletons of three children sacrificed by the ancient Thracians in the 6th century BC. they have been unearthed from a site near Mursalevo in southwestern Bulgaria.
The discovery has been made by archaeologists from the National Institute and Archaeological Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences during the excavations that were being carried out to make a new road. All three burials were found in one of twenty 8,000-year-old ritual zones.
In addition to the skeletons of the three children, Bulgarian archaeologists have found many stones that they believe could be used in the ritual of human sacrifice. Food and other objects that were probably offerings to the gods have also been found.
The excavations are being led by Professor Vasili Nikolov from the National Institute and Archaeological Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
East Neolithic settlement is dated around 5800 BC., and is made up of three parallel main streets including a main street and many small perpendicular streets. Bulgarian archaeologists have found tools, small figures and ceramics among other things, and it is believed that this settlement was burned on purpose.