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1,100-year-old breastplate to ward off evil may contain the oldest Cyrillic writing ever found

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May 20, 2023

A 1,100 year-old inscription found on a breastplate unearthed in the ruins of a Bulgarian fortress may be one of the oldest Cyrillic texts ever found. 

“The text was written on a lead plate worn on the chest to protect the wearer from trouble and evil,” said Ivailo Kanev, an archaeologist with Bulgaria’s National Museum who leads the team excavating the fortress, which is on the border between Greece and Bulgaria. 

The inscription refers to two supplicants named Pavel and Dimitar, Kanev said.

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