The archaeological team working on the route of Bulgaria’s Hemus highway, currently under construction, near Shumen, have run out of money.
The eight kilometre stretch, which was supposed to be completed by the end of September, crosses five archaeological sites, which have to be studied before construction continues. The sites are from various periods, covering four millennia and include prehistoric dwellings and a large Medieval necropolis.
According to Stanimir Stoichev of the archaeological team, who spoke to the public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, the site has already been somewhat damaged as the top layer of soil, which protects the finds, has been removed.
Initially the sum needed for the dig was 350 000 leva, but increased after new archaeological fees came into effect. The team has been waiting for the sum for a few months.
Representatives of the Road Infrastructure Agency, which is supposed to provide the money, said the contracts are being drafted and the sum will be transferred after their signing.
The construction of the stretch is still not threatened by delays, as currently work is being done on other parts.
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