Archaeology: Thrace's Gold

A rare look at the buried treasures--and lost culture-- of the poets and warriors from the mountainous land north of ancient Greece

In the dozen or so centuries before the birth of Christ, the lands surrounding the Mediterranean were bursting with civilization. Pharaohs reigned over Egypt to the south, the empires of Mesopotamia flourished to the east, and the Greeks dominated the Aegean to the north. But just a bit farther north still, another, more enigmatic people ruled the Balkans, where Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine now lie. Known as the Thracians, they left no temples, no great monuments, no massive tombs. They didn't even have a written language; the only accounts of their society--a confederation of tribes that never achieved true...

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