12th century sgraffito pottery found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists working on excavation of a fortress on Trapezita Hill in the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo have discovered a fragment of a 12th century vessel using the sgraffito technique. The very rare fragment bears the name and image of a person.

Sgraffito pottery uses a technique involving "the application to an unfired ceramic body two successive layers of contrasting slip, and then scratching so as to produce an outline drawing."