Macedonian locality may be long lost kingdom of Pelagonia

September 25th, 2008 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, September 25 (ANI): Latest discoveries by archaeologists have shown a massive royal grave site in a village known as Bonce in Macedonia, one of a kind in the Balkans, which has led them to suggest that the locality may be the long lost kingdom of Pelagonia.

The grave site was discovered by a team led by Professor Viktor Lilcic.

According to the way this was built, the brilliance behind it, and just from the sheer size of the grave site, we believe the king of Pelagonia had been buried here, said Dr. Antonio Jakimovski, coordinator of the Archeological Research.

The grave site is from the 4th century B.C. when the kingdom of the Pelagonians was around. It was suggested the site had been robbed even in Antic times.

This is one of the rarest gravesites not just in the Balkans, but globally that goes back to the 4th century BC, said Jakimovski.

The site is located right underneath the hill of Visoka where it is suggested to be the site of the city of Pelagonia.

Unfortunately, the Government did not allocate funds this year for the Visoka location.

Archeologists have been searching for the city of Pelagonia and the Pelagonian kingdom for more than 150 years.

This find will undoubtedly make funds available for Visoka in 2009.

Just two years ago, near the hill of Visoka were discovered three Macedonian Shields of King Demetrij with the Vergina Sun embedded on them. The shields are currently undergoing restorations.

When completed, the world will see for the first time how did the shields of the Macedonian phalanx look like. (ANI)

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