Pushing aside the ongoing discussions between Greek Macedonia and the FYROM, it is time to focus on Bulgaria, which once was part of the realm created by Philip II of Macedonia.
It is one of those forgotten corners of archeology, at least in our western world, for we have little or no idea of all the excavations that occurred and still occur in Bulgaria. Halka Bunar was discovered by accident – as usually is the case - in 1999. Since then four ceramic kilns, a series of loom weights, great quantities of ceramics both local and imported Greek and commercial amphorae (carrying wine from Knidos in today’s southwestern Turkey) were found next to figurines and coins. These coins indicate that the site flourished mainly around the end of the 4th century/early 3rd century BC since they were stamped with the effigies of Philip II, Seuthes III, Lysimachos, Cassander, and Demetrios-Poliorketes – another proof that Halka Bunar maintained constant and close contact with Macedonia and the Greek colonies in Thrace.
Beside what is already well-known about the Greek colonies along the coast of the Black Sea, little do we know about the Greek influence in this part of Bulgaria and the excavation here in the area of the Odrysoi Thracians hopefully will shed some light on their Hellenization and that of the neighboring peoples.