A farming settlement built thousands of years before the pyramids

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The archaeology season is fully underway in Bulgaria, despite the rainy weather that has swept over the country in recent months, with 2014 already seeing new discoveries.

One of the busiest sites of the season is near the village of Mursalevo in southwestern Bulgaria, where archaeologists are investigating the remains of a settlement estimated to date to late Neolithic, about 5800 BCE, making it one of the oldest farming communities in Europe.

The settlement shows signs of urban planning with straight streets and had about 35 houses, made of clay over a wooden skeleton and covered with trestle and straw, archaeologist Vassil Nikolov, of the National Archaeology Institute and Museum, said.

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