Recent diggings reveal Brasov might be 100 years older than previously thought

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Brasov located in Transylvania, central Romania (surrounded by the Southern Carpathians) might be 100 years older than it was thought. Following diggings recently conducted around the Black Church of the city, experts have found tracks of the Transylvanian Saxon colonialists dating before the year of 1200. Now, the City Hall aims at bringing the latest discovery to light and for that intends to access a EUR 2.5m European financing.

The archaeologists who have been digging in the Black Church’s surroundings have discovered proof that a German community was living in Brasov several tens of years before 1235, the year of the first documentary attestation of the city.

The most important discoveries are two ledgers. One of them has been found right at the main entrance of the church in its entire original size. It is two meters long, 80 cm wide and 30 cm tall.

Archaeologists have also identified fortified settlements that may be dating back in the second half of the 12th century, over 1,400 graves from the Middle Age and modern time, several stock cells which allegedly date back in the 13th century, as well as horse skeletons.

The 7th most populous city in Romania, Brasov lies at the foot of Tampa mountain, distinguishing itself for being the birthplace of the Romania’s national anthem. It is also the largest city in a mountain resorts area. The old city is very well preserved and is best seen by taking the cable-car to the top of Tâmpa Mountain. With its central location, Bra?ov is also a suitable location from which to explore Romania.

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