The late antique necropolis is situated on the slope under the village of Golyama Chorkva in the area of the Rhodope village of Beden. In June 1963 during the construction of a warehouse for potato storage, a grave with several interesting items was discovered in the Buchek area.
Four other graves were also found at about the same time during the expansion of the road, running along the ridge of Golyama Chorkva. The funeral ceremonies give us an idea about the life and customs of the Thracian population in these places during the Roman Age.
Various items were found in the necropolis, such as cups, grey and red bowls, jugs, pots, trays and dishes. Most of them can be seen in the regional history museum in Smolyan. The bowls are a Thracian imitation of Roman cookware, and the scientists relate them to the production of the local Thracian pottery in the Roman Age.
|Late Antique Necropolis in the village of Beden|
Regional History Museum, town of Smolyan:
Tuesday to Sunday - 09.00 am - 12.00 am and 01.00 pm - 05.00 pm,
day off - Monday.
Visits to the museum are free of charge on Thursday
Adults: BGN 5
Organized groups of more than 10 adults – BGN 3
Students and seniors – BGN 2
Student groups (of more than 10 people) – BGN 1
Families – BGN 6
Admission for viewing of visiting exhibitions – BGN 1
Overview tour in Bulgarian language – BGN 10
Overview tour in English language – BGN 20
Guided tour – in Bulgarian only – BGN 5.
For amateur photo taking of the permanent exhibition:
With a camera – BGN 5.
With a video camera - BGN 20.
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