“Lord, help Veronica”

Since 2000, Nikolai Ovcharov has headed excavations at Perperikon in southern Bulgaria, revealing some amazing finds. The latest includes a 12th to 13th century container inscribed with the words in Greek, “Lord, help Veronica.” (photo)

The latest discoveries also include an iron cross, coins, bronze bracelets and coins, as well as the mauseleum of an Ottoman commander and his horse, which had been ritually killed.

"Ovcharov said that the inscription, 'Lord, help Veronica,' though short, was not only a curiosity but was important because there were very few inscriptions found at Perperikon from that period."