Trebeništa – Trebenishte

The discovery of the treasures of Trebenista village in 1918, located on the road from Ohrid to Kicevo, was like something out of a movie : ancient graves loaded with gold and silver, burial gifts fit for a king. The site of Trebenista with necropolis, that dates from the 7th – 4th centuries BC was discovered by Bulgarian soldiers. Trebeniste Necropolis is regarded as one of the most interesting archaeological sites from the Iron age on the Balkan Peninsula. Fifty six tombs were discovered of which most significant and the oldest are the 12 princely tombs, a whole dynasty that was buried with all the marks of their power. Four golden burial masks, sandals, golden gloves, gold, silver, and bronze vessels and jewelry and rosettes have been discovered on three male and one female skeleton in Trebenista village. Trebeniste site finds are housed in the Archaeological Museums in Ohrid, Sofia and Belgrade. Trebeniste necropolis remains today one of the most important archaeological finds in Macedonia, and a vivid reminder of the style and sophistication of past cultures.