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Ancient Gold Dagger Unearthed in Central Bulgaria

Archaeologists have unearthed a gold-platinum dagger and more than 500 gold ornaments from an ancient tomb in central Bulgaria.

The director of Bulgaria's National Historic Museum says the artifacts are part of a treasure trove first discovered last year in a Thracian-era tomb that may be the resting place of an ancient ruler or priest.

Speaking Sunday in Sofia, Bozhidar Dimitrov said the 16-centimeter dagger, which dates back to the third millennium B.C., remains extremely sharp and in near-perfect condition.

The burial site was discovered two years ago near a village in central Bulgaria. Last year, archaeologists found more than 15,000 miniature gold pieces at the site.

Central Bulgaria is considered the cradle of ancient Thracian civilization, which extended from the Caucasus to modern-day northwestern Turkey from 4,000 B.C. into the fourth century A.D.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.