Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Lilyana Pavlova and Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov were scheduled on July 2 2012 to visit archeological excavations on Lot 1 of Struma motorway close to the south-western village of Dyakovo, the Government’s press centre said.
Archaeologists are to hand over control of the site and finds unearthed there to the Regional Museum of History in the western Bulgarian town of Kyustendil.
The archaeologists studied a large area called Artachki Egrek in a 308 000 leva project.
Three silver and more than 100 bronze coins, ceramics, foundations and walls of several buildings, part of the complex being studied, were found.
The same team also excavated a complex close to the Dupnitsa-Sofia stretch of road, local news agency Focus said. Several graves with ancient cremations have been discovered. The contract is worth more than 76 000 leva, the report said.
The deadline for both projects was June 30 2012, after which archaeologists were to leave the site to allow road-building to continue. Funding for the archaeological work came from the state Budget.
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