Halka Bunar Site of Ancient Wine Mysteries

Novinite.com: Archaeologists working at the site of a 4th century B.C.E. temple at Halka Bunar in Bulgaria have discovered that wine was an important part of the ceremony. "Really there must have been wine in abundance," said project director Milena Tonkova, who observed that archaeologists have found many cups at the site. The ancient Thracian sanctuary has been the focus of the excavation for the past three years leading researchers to believe that the temple may have been dedicated to the wine-god Dionysus. In addition to the many cups, they have also found evidence of roasted meat and animal sacrifice.

The Thracian tribes were a powerful society that ranged over most of modern Bulgaria, northern Greece and parts of Turkey.