A bronze plate with a unique inscription from the 14th Century CE, believed by archaeologists to have been part of the armour of an Ottoman commander, has been found at Bulgaria’s Perperikon site.
Archaeologists see the find as a key to establishing more about the events at the time that the site was under siege.
In 1361, Perperikon was captured after an intensive siege by the Ottoman Turks.
Archaeology professor Nikolai Ovcharov said that the find was something unique, containing the earliest Ottoman inscription found on the territory of today’s Bulgaria. He said that unfortunately, the inscription was incomplete, but the words suggested that it was mounted on the helmet or the armour of a prominent Ottoman military commander.
It took a little more than a month for archaeologists to decipher the text on the plate.
The inscription was written in the Ottoman Turkish language and the translation indicates that jihad, holy war, leads to eternal life.
Also discovered were a number of rare coins from the time of the second Ottoman sultan Orhan Gazi I.
The finds indicate that Perperikon was one of the first objectives of the Ottomans after their entry into Europe.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)