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Bordering the top of the modern country of Bulgaria, the Danube formed the northeast frontier of the Roman Empire, extending to the Black Sea and the vast steppes of central Asia. The great river crossed the lands of Goths, Dacians, Thracians, and dozens of now obscure peoples ancestral to many of todays Central European cultures. Many have archaeological roots which can be traced back into the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.
A selection of major Roman-era sites are marked on this map (fig.1). Excavations in Bulgaria have uncovered many of these settlements.
[Fig.1: Map of present-day Bulgaria showing Roman provinces, major towns, and military sites including Abritus, Durostorum, Oescus and Novae (after S. Goshev and R. Ivanov).]
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