|3/3. Assoc. Prof. Krasimir Leshtakov at the excavations of the Early Neolithic settlement in Bulgaria’s Yabalkovo in 2011. Photo: Darik Haskovo|
The prehistoric people inhabiting the Early Neolithic settlement near today’s town of Yabalkovo, Dimitrovgrad Municipality, in Southern Bulgaria, had domesticated hens some 8,000 years ago, meaning that chickens were raised in Europe much earlier than previously thought, reveals Bulgarian archaeologist Assoc. Prof. Krasimir Leshtakov.
Leshtakov, who is a professor of archaeology and prehistory in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, excavated the Neolithic proto-city, which dates back to the 7th millennium BC, between 2000 and 2012. The settlement near Yabalkovo was first discovered by Bulgarian paleo-ornithologist Prof. Zlatozar Boev from the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia who found bones from domesticated birds there, and was then excavated by archaeologists.
“The first omelette [in Europe] was eaten 8,000 years ago in Yabalkovo,” archaeologist Krasimir Leshtakov has said at the presentation of the first volume of his book entitled “Yabalkovo” during the European Night of Museums 2015 at the Regional Museum of History in Bulgaria’s Haskovo, reports local news site Haskovo.info. [...] archaeologyinbulgaria.com