Post by Brian Roebuck on Dec 11, 2007 6:35:15 GMT -5
Bear from Antiquity to Guard Rare Bat and Insect Cave Species in Bulgaria
10 December | A skeleton model of a long-extinct cave bear will stand guard in the Tipitseto cave in the Bulgarian Rhodopi Mountain to guard rare animal species from visitors, regional media reported. The cave was used as a shelter by people in antiquity and its walls are covered in drawings of hunting scenes. Now, a colony of a few rare bat species occupies it, along with cave butterflies and grasshoppers.
Tipitseto was one of the 18 caves recently explored by archaeologists around the Rhodopi Mountains in south-western Bulgaria. In it, and in four other caves, they found definite traces of human habitation dating from antiquity.
The findings date from the Early Bronze Age (3000 BC) to the Middle Ages (11-13 centuries AD) and range from ceramic pots to animal bones.