Early Byzantine fortress and settlement found in Bulgaria

An archaeological team led by archaeologist Ivan Hristov has discovered a 5th century Byzantine town and fortress on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Experts believe the town was destroyed by an Avar invasion which sealed the area in the way Vesuvius sealed Herculaneum.

The well-preserved site has produced artifacts such as "vessels, clay amphorae, lamps, gorgeous tiny glass cups," and bronze coins with the portrait of Emperor Justinian the Great. Near the fortress, the team has discovered a residential area with large houses built on stone foundations.