First described by classical geographer Strabo, this cape, jutting for 2 kilometres out to sea in the easternmost reaches of Bulgaria, was the site of a major battle between the Russians and the Ottomans in the 18th century, reputed to be the biggest ever act of maritime warfare in the Black Sea. Its dramatic history is topped by the legend of 40 Bulgarian maids tying their hair together and jumping off the steep cliffs to avoid being Islamised by the occupying Ottomans.
"Sofia has a rich history, hidden right beneath our feet. The cathartic process has already began. With the excavation of the city's buried archeological layers, we will be able to gain a lot of insight into the identity of the people who used to inhabit these lands"
Down Tseko from Aleko
Slogan shouted by citizens protesting against new Forestry Act
My work took me to Bulgaria for the first time – and perhaps the last.
Media woes illustrate quality of Bulgarian democracy
Following the discovery of the "bones of St John the Baptist" in Sozopol, in 2010, Bulgarian archaeologists have had a heady start to this year's season. Again in Sozopol, the birthplace of National History Museum chief Bozhidar Dimitrov, excavations unearthed a series of graves, almost intact, in which an alleged vampire was buried. What led Dimitrov to conclude that the skeleton in question was a would-be "vampire" was a metal road piercing the chest of the man.