Tsunami's recent review of Kazanlak ( http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/site.php?id=44#community
) mentioned the fact that it is only one of a series of Thracian Tombs in the area and that there is a Bulgarian T List extension for the site titled "The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb"
This title clearly states that it only relates to the "Necropolis" of the city - but where does that leave the remains of the "City of Seuthopolis" itself?
It appears that the Necropolis isn't really a single entity unlike many royal necropoleis around the world, but is made up of a series of tombs scattered between the modern towns of Kazanlak and Shipka around 15 kms apart. In fact the majority are located near to Shipka in the north and Kazanlak is something of an outlier in the south near to the modern town of that name - but there are others even to the east of Kazanlak. The totality were given the popular name of "Valley of the Thracian Rulers" (possibly with a referential "nod" to e.g "Valley of the Kings"?).
The city of Seuthopolis from which the rulers came lies to the west of Kazanlak but its remains were flooded by the Koprinka Reservoir completed in 1956. The remains of the city were discovered in 1946 during construction of the dam and some excavations were carried out prior to inundation.
The potential interest in all this to us "WHS Collectors" lies in the fact that there exists a proposal (made in 2005) for a megaproject (at least 50 million Euro when first proposed!) to build a coffer dam in the lake around the remains of the city, pump out the water and present it as a tourist attraction. Mention is even made of it becoming a "World Heritage Site"!! See Wiki - "In 2005, Bulgarian architect Zheko Tilev proposed a project to uncover, preserve and reconstruct the city of Seuthopolis (the best preserved Thracian city in Bulgaria) by means of a dam wall surrounding the ruins in the middle of the dam, enabling the site's inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and making it a tourist destination of world importance. Tourists would be transported to the site by boats. The round wall, 420 metres in diameter, would enable visitors to see the city from 20 metres above and would also feature "hanging gardens", glass lifts, a quay, restaurants, cafés, shops, ateliers, etc. It would be illuminated at night."
The current T List extension of 8 tombs from "The Valley" makes NO mention of and in no way is dependant on the progress or otherwise of this project. But equally it makes no mention of the lack of the city itself in its scope or why this might be!
Some 12 years later the "Project" still appears to be a "dream" with funding problems and lack of government interest appearing to be major problems. Here are a few documents about the proposal (now known generally as "The Theusopolis Project"
1. The "project file" - http://www.kazanlak.bg/common/src/image/sevtopolis.pdf
2. A bullish document from 2009. The cost is now said to be 150 million Euros but it was then said - "Funding for the project does not seem to be a problem. The largest chunk will come from the European Regional Development Fund, with the rest being provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the UNDP as well as local funding. A number of private donors and investors from abroad are also in place."
The EU is, of course, a somewhat different place both now and in the years to come from those far off happy days of 2008/9! EU budgets are likely to become very pressured with Brexit removing UK's massive net contribution. Perhaps Germany will make up the difference....?? http://www.vagabond-bg.com/features/item/259-seuthopolis.html
3. Possible US involvement/funding (From 2016 and therefore "pre Trump"!!) - http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/01/11/submerged-anc
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