Some 10,000 Thracian mounds — some of them covering monumental stone tombs — are scattered across Bulgaria.
“The find is unique, it is not resembling any other carriage dating from the Thracian era ever uncovered in Bulgaria,” said Professor Diana Gergova of the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, who led the dig.
The bronze-plated wooden chariot is decorated with scenes from Thracian mythology, including figures of a jumping panther and the carving of a mythological animal with the body of a panther and the tail of a dolphin. With wheels, it measures four feet across. It was found during excavations in a funerary mound believed to be the grave of a wealthy Thracian aristocrat.