After four years of research, Maystorski and his team found proof and precise parameters of the defence installation.

“This is the most important discovery in Veliki Preslav in years,” Maystorski said. “Until now there was only guesswork about the existence of the eastern gate.”

He added that he and his team found out the gate was on the road to Constantinople and was standing over a river, which ran across the city. After Veliki Preslav stopped being a capital, the wall and gate were not maintained and were destroyed by the river.

The surrounding area was drained and flattened by the local population, which continued using the road.

“I think the praise must go to the Archaeological museum of Veliki Preslav, which provided the funding for the excavations and my team who helped me find the eastern gate,” Maystorski said.

Source: Sofia News Agency / Novinite - Photo: BGNES