Sunday, May 23, 2010

Archaeologists unearth a 7,000-year-old swastika in north-western Bulgaria

The swastika-decorated clay pottery fragment was found by archaeologists during excavations of a ritual pit around the village of Altimir near the town of Vratsa. The find dates back to the beginning of the Stone-Copper Age and shows that this symbol traverses the centuries and cannot be linked solely to Hitler’s party, archaeologists explained. The swastika as a symbol dates to the Neolithic period in Ancient India, according to previous archaeological finds. It can also be seen on Roman and Medieval artifacts. It was commonly used over much of the world and still occurs widely in religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

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