When salt weighed more than gold
Once upon a time, seven thousand years ago, Provadia / a town in northeastern Bulgaria / was the oldest salt extraction center in Europe. It is ironic that today this resource / still in stock / is not used for salt production! In fact, the raw material is used, but for the production of soda from another factory in the vicinity / Devnya /. You can reach Solnitsa if you first find the town of Provadia, then continue 6 km beyond it towards the villages of Grozdyovo and Zhitnitsa until you reach the portal of today’s Provadol enterprise. You pass it too and after 400 meters there will be somewhere to park near the new entrance to the site. he is not yet fit to accept tourist flows, but work is underway to do so. Exceptionally yesterday the Salt House opened wide, in the last day of excavations and on the occasion of the National Day of Bulgaria / September 22 /.
Here was the oldest city in Europe, built on this site because of the livelihood of the people – the extraction of rock salt. The most expensive goods at that time were transported on the rivers. There is even a hypothesis that these are the people who could order and pay for the production of the oldest processed gold in the world, which is in Varna.
But back to antiquity … A large fortress wall surrounded the city. An earthquake destroyed it once, but people made a new one – almost to the first. The wall thickness was 4 meters. There were also two-storey houses, one could see where the probe was being beaten to reach the salt springs, one could also see where they were subjecting the brine to the method of boiling (by burning almost continuous fire). Archaeologists find different clues on which to compose their narrative, such as. charcoal spatula, a plate with the bottom of the ring ring upwards, etc. artifacts that tell them that turbulent times have passed here cyclically – earthquakes, fires, attacks … But people were practical and resourceful and managed to find solutions even in those primitive conditions. For example, for the wealthier property of some of the ancient people made of stones / which have in abundance / radial lines. So far, archeologists have detected 21 such radial lines along the not fully explored mound. They are relatively narrow, in them more than 2-3 people can not pass and this is one hidden idea: in the event of an attack it is easier to repel the attack!
I also noticed a large stone door almost in the middle of the mound (from antiquity), but as we were told – what was behind it and if there was anything at all, is still unclear. Excavations were completed this year. Next year there will probably be more notes on the world history written so far.