Oldest Gold Bead Discovered in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered world's oldest gold artefact.The bead was found at a pre-historic settlement in Southern Bulgaria just outside the modern town of Pazardzhik.It is believed to be atleast 200 years older than the jewellary from a Copper Age necropolis in the Bulgarian Black Sea City of Varna.The bead was found at the first urban settlement in Europe peopled by a highly cultured society that moved from Anatolia in today's Turkey around 6000 BC.The settlement is spread across 10 to 12 hectares and would have had a 9 foot fortress wall.More than 150 ceramic figurines of birds have been found at the site indicating that they were probably worshipped by the people.The settlement was destroyed by hostile tribes who invaded from the north-east around 4100 BC.