Valchitran Treasure

The Valchitran Treasure (Bulgarian: Вълчитрънско златно съкровище) is a Thracian treasure.

Valchitran Treasure
Created1300 BC
Discovered1924 at Valchitran
Present locationNational Archaeological Museum, Sofia


It was discovered on 28 December 1924 by two brothers who were working in their vineyard near the village of Valchitran, 22 km southeast of Pleven, Bulgaria.[1][2]


The hoard consists of 13 receptacles, different in form and size, and weighs in total 12.5 kg:

  • two round platters
  • five round domed pieces, two with central handles
  • three cups with handles
  • a jug with handle
  • three leaf shaped vessels with handles
  • a bowl with two handles (4.5 kg of gold)

The gold metal has a natural mixture of 9.7% silver.

The scientists dated the treasure back to 1300 BC, at the time of the Thracians.

It is now one of the most valuable possessions of the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia.[3]

See also


  1. Ovcharov, Dimiter (2005). "The Vulchitrun Treasure". Fifteen Treasures from Bulgarian Lands. Translated by Pencheva, Maya. Sofia: Bulgarian Bestseller, National Museum of Books and Polygraphy. pp. 20–21.
  2. Crampton, R. J. (2005). A Concise History of Bulgaria (2nd ed.). Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São Paolo: Cambridge University Press. p. 1.
  3. Thracian Treasures from Bulgaria. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1977. pp. 13–14, 24–25. Retrieved 23 February 2018 via Internet Archive.


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