12th century Byzantine still found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologist Prof Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered a 12th century still believed to have been used in the study of alchemy in the remains of a Byzantine mansion near the village of Tatul, Bulgaria.

Recently Ovcharov also unearthed was a rare lead seal of the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus and a 12th century "silver pendant featuring a woman holding a laurel wreath."

12th century Byzantine still found in Bulgaria

A 12th century Byzantine horse cart was found nearby, on the remains of a 12th century Byzantine dirt track. The wagon apparently was modified to go faster than a normal wagon and had large hidden compartments under the floor boards. Historians theorise that the local inhabitants would gather to watch some sort of racing event on Saturdays , which the locals referred to as "Nascart".

Archaeological evidence suggests this Nascart racing lasted only one season until war broke out with a neighboring country, resulting in all resources going to fight an expensive war. The war ended when new Democratic leaders were elected in Bulgaria who decided that the people shouldn't have so much fun and so decided to eliminate Nascart racing entirely.