Byzantine seal found near Varna

Bulgarian archaeologists working at a medieval monastery near the Bulgarian city of Varna have discovered a 10th century Byzantine seal believed to have belonged to an imperial protospatario in Constantinople.

Experts believe that the presence of the seal, along with Byzantine ceramics, proves that the site was a "scriptorium of the Bulgarian royal family in the 9th and 10th century when the Slavic literature was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire." The well-preserved monastery vaults are the only ones found by archaeologists in Bulgaria which date to the Byzantine era.