The TEMP (Thracian Expeditions for Mound Research) project was created and managed by the late Dr. Georgi Kitov (1943-2008) and was Horizon’s first experience with the funding of Bulgarian excavation projects, for example in the Kazanlak region.
Kitov was successful but used controversial methods, rarely documenting or analyzing the artifacts he found.

In 2004 Kitov’s work became known worldwide when he found a gold mask in a 5th century BC burial mound, shortly before the Horizon visit (which we were shown at the time). Horizon decided to stop its funding of TEMP because this success enabled Kitov to find other sources of funding. Our support was then transferred to Daniela Agre’s research in Strandja. The Expedition continues to perform research in the Valley of the Thracian Kings.

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