Late Bronze Age Pottery from the Site of Vratitsa, Eastern Bulgaria: Definition, Chronology and its Aegean affinities.
Rositsa Hristova Aegeo-Balkan Prehistory, online άρθρο, 18 Μαρτίου 2011
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The site is located along the route of the “Trakia” Highway and administratively belongs to the village of Vratitsa, municipality of Kameno. It is situated in the field called Aladinova Chesma (Aladin’s Fountain), 1.5 km northeast of the village. This is an area of low hills and the region is well watered. In geographical terms, this area is part of the Burgas Plain, which forms a region on its own within the Black Sea climatic sub-zone. The site occupies a gentle slope facing south-southwest and is situated at the western edge of the plain where the southern terrace of the Karnobat Hills starts. It was investigated within two archaeological seasons: 2003 and 2004. The excavation area was arbitrary divided into two sectors, Eastern and Western, divided by a small gulley. Nine graves were excavated from a necropolis located in the northwestern part of the Eastern Sector. Some of the grave pits were marked by stones arranged in circles. The necropolis possibly spread further north beyond the area of to rescue excavations. The pottery presented in this report originates mainly from the brown soil layer just below the topsoil documented in the eastern sector. The layer had relatively fine structure and thickness which varied from 0.05-0.10 m to 0.40-0.50 m. It was disturbed by later Iron Age, Roman and medieval constructions. Traces of earlier habitation have not been found.