(L-R) Lead archaeologist Stanimir Stoychev, Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, and Road Infrastructure Agency head Lazar Lazarov viewing the rescue excavations along the route of the Maritsa Highway in the background. Photo: Bulgaria’s Regional Development Ministry
A team of 92 archaeologists and workers have started rescue excavations of the planned route of Lot 1 of the Maritsa Highway in Southeast Bulgaria researching eight archaeological sites, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Regional Development has announced.
Bulgaria’s Regional Development Ministry says the excavations along Lot 1 of the Maritsa Highway, which runs between the towns of Orizovo and Dimitrovgrad and is 31.4 km long, have started in early April.
The archaeologists are currently reported to be excavating an archaeological site from the Late Middle Ages even though its location and name have not been revealed.
Lead archaeologistStanimirStoychev from the Shumen Regional Museum of History has assured Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova that the rescueexcavations will be completed by May 20, 2015, at the latest.
Lot 1 of the MaritsaHighway running from the TrakiyaHighway in SouthernBulgaria to the border with Turkey is supposed to be completed by the end of September 2015.
Bulgarianarchaeologists are currently also conducting rescueexcavations along the route of the Struma Highway in Southwest Bulgaria.