In August 2006, it was announced that a dagger
from the 30th century BCE
was found in a Thracian
tomb by archaeologists digging in Bulgaria
, near the village of Dabene
municipality, Plovdiv Province
. According to noted historian Bozhidar Dimitrov
, "the dagger, which we believe is made of gold and platinum, most probably belonged to a Thracian ruler or to a priest ... No item of this type was found even in the legendary city of Troy
." He also said that the 16-cm (6.3-inch) dagger is in perfect condition and extremely sharp. Over 500 other golden ornaments were also found in this tomb.
According to Dimitrov, the discovery of this dagger confirms that "people in this region were familiar with what was then high technology in metal processing." Details on the dagger and other items indicate that they were used for ritual sacrifices.
The dagger was discovered in an area abundant in Thracian sites, the Rose Valley between Stara Planina and Sredna Gora, in the close proximity of the ancient Thracian capital of Seuthopolis.