Published: December 2006
Did You Know?
In Did You Know? the National Geographic magazine team shares extra information we gathered to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects.

Bulgaria is littered with archaeological treasures from many civilizations spanning the past several thousand years, and new discoveries are frequent. The most recent cache was discovered in late August, near the Black Sea town of Sinemorets. More than 160 gold and silver pieces, as well as pottery, were uncovered in the tomb of a woman, most likely a Thracian priestess. The discovery included two earrings crafted like miniature chariots, parts of gold necklaces, a tiara, and clay tiles with images of the Mother Earth goddess. The items date back to the third century B.C. Within days of being discovered, the treasure was on display at Bulgaria's National History Museum, drawing thousands of visitors.

—Marisa Larson