Warsaw University archaeologists make further discoveries in Novae, Bulgaria


Another excavation campaign by archaeologists from the University of Warsaw (UW) conducted in Novae in northern Bulgaria has ended. During the work, the researchers made new discoveries in the military building complexes, among others.

In this year’s excavation campaign, researchers from the UW’s Centre for the Study of Southeast European Antiquities, under the direction of Professor Piotr Dyczek, captured an entire complex of wooden and earthen military barracks associated with Augustus’ Legion VIII, which was the first to be permanently stationed at the Danube border of the Roman Empire. 

The scientists took measurements and found the structure to be 38 metres wide and 60 metres long.

During their research, archaeologists uncovered the earliest known well in Novae, which supplied water to the legionaries. A system of aqueducts made of both ceramic and lead pipes was also unearthed.