The Vulchitrun treasure was found, by chance, in 1925 near the village of Vulchitrun, Pleven region. Two brothers, Todor and Nikola Tzvetanov, dug up the items while working in their vineyard. They did not realize the find’s value and even tried to cut the objects and use them as farm tools. Small portions of some of the items were damaged, but, in general, the treasure has been well kept since then.
The set consists of 13 gold items – seven lid-shaped objects of different diametres, four deep kythoi (one big and three smaller one-handle cups), a kantharos (large, deep vessel with two handles), and a triple vessel consisting of three interconnected almond pieces. The prevailing expert opinion is that the gold utensils were used in solar cult rituals.
Most archaeologists agree that the Vulchitrun treasure belonged to some Thracian king. The finding is dated to the late Bronze Age, approximately 1500 BC. Its overall weight – 12.425 kg, testifies to the wealth of the Thracian rulers of that time. The objects in the collection are among the most remarkable examples of ancient metalwork. They have been displayed at a number of expositions in Europe.