Tool workshop dated 4800 BC discovered in NE Bulgaria

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A flint tools workshop was unearthed in near the village of Kamenovo in the region of Razgrad, Northeastern Bulgaria, specialized outlets say.

Tool workshop dated 4800 BC discovered in NE Bulgaria
The
excavations of the Chalcolithic flint tool workshop

 in Bulgaria’s Kamenovo took place in May-June 2015 
[Credit: Top Novini Razgrad]

Analyses show the facility was used more than 6500-6800 years ago, in the Late Chalcolithic period.

Tool workshop dated 4800 BC discovered in NE Bulgaria
A
large amount of prehistoric flint tools have been found by
archaeologists 

in a 7,000-year-old workshop in Bulgaria’s Kamenovo,
Razgrad District 

[Credit: Top Novini Razgrad]

According to local sources, archaeologists initially intended on excavating part of a Chalcolitic necropolis, and the discovery caught them by surprise.

Tool workshop dated 4800 BC discovered in NE Bulgaria
Flint nuclei which were used for the carving of tools discovered 
in the Chalcolithic flint workshop in Northeast Bulgaria
 [Credit: Top Novini Razgrad]

The team found clay-coated ground where the workshop was located. Workers there first heated and then shaped the flint material into different tools.

Tool workshop dated 4800 BC discovered in NE Bulgaria
Pehistoric
flint tools have been found by archaeologists in a 7,000-year-old 

workshop in Bulgaria’s Kamenovo, Razgrad District 
[Credit: Top Novini
Razgrad]

Quarries used to mine the flint were located where the towns of Ravno and Topchii are found nowadays.

Excavations at the site are due to go on in September 2015 with funding from Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture (current activity was sponsored by the Razgrad Regional Museum of History).

Source: Novinite [June 25, 2015]

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