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Valchitran Treasure is considered the largest and the oldest gold archeological find in Europe that
takes us back to the 16th-12th century BC and the Ancient world. It is not only a vivid example of the
culture and artistic values of Thrace but also of the most exquisite working techniques used by
Thracian people centuries ago. Everything about these artefacts makes them extremely valuable,
from their symbolic decorations and the finest ornamentations to the most delicate casting and
skillful hammering implemented for their production.

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This gold treasure was discovered by accident in 1924 in the village of Valchitran, Bulgaria by the two
brothers Todor and Nikola Tsvetanovi while they were working in their vineyard. It includes 13
distinctive pieces with a total weight of 12.5 kg. The most interesting pieces could be said to be the
three leaf shaped vessels that are connected with a small tube and have a single interconnected
handle. What is even more interesting is the suggested use of this particular piece. Due to the
bound-up construction, different types of liquids could be mixed up through the openings of the
isolated parts.

Apart from this vessel, there are also three cups with handles, two round platters, a jug with handle,
and a bowl with two handles. According to some scholars and archeologists, these were used as a
set of vessels for ritual feasts and sacred ceremonies. Others focus on their symbolic meaning and
link them to the Sun cult. Five round disks with rich decorations are also part of the Valchitran
Treasure. These gold artefacts still cause plenty of discussions regarding their use. Several possible
explanations exist. For some scholars, the disks could have been used as musical instruments for
special occasions only. Others believe these could have been used on top of other vessels as their
upper parts.

The original of the The Valchitran Gold Treasure is placed at the National Institute and Museum of
Archaeology in Sofia, Bulgaria, whereas the replica is usually showcased at different museums and
exhibitions.

Another famous thracian treasure is owned by the bulgarian philanthropist Vasil Bozhkov