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Bulgars In The Lower Danube Region. A Survey Of The Archaeological Evidence And Of The State Of Current Research

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This chapter shows that, despite a relatively long tradition of research on the topic, our knowledge about the Bulgars is still fragmentary; the chapter is nothing more than a contribution in that direction. Studying the Bulgar archaeology was an essential component of Bulgarian nationalism, especially in the interwar decades, as well as recently. The breakdown of the Byzantine positions on the Lower Danube during the seventh century caused a radical diminution of the monetary circulation in Dobrudja. It is important to note that only single finds are known from the entire area between the Danube and the Black Sea. The Slavs in the Lower Danube region practiced only cremation. The last two sections of the chapter are dedicated to general remarks about the archaeological record. Without any doubt, pottery represents the bulk of every collection of artifacts from the excavation of late seventh- to ninth-century sites.

Keywords: archaeological evidence; Bulgars; early medieval pottery; lower Danube region



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