THE SLAVIC SCLAVENI

The first wave of settlers, before the arrival of the Bulgarians led by Khan Asparukh, were the Slavs. Although the Byzantines treated them with contempt, they did not omit to mention the Slavic lands in their writings and chronicles. Known by the name “Sclavini”, these domains were ruled by princes and occupied vast territories.

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THE SEVEN SLAVIC TRIBES

In the north of the Balkan Mountains, in the VIIth century, a union of the Slavic peoples was formed, which for several decades led a bitter struggle against the conquest attempts of Byzantium. Made up of several independent tribes, it remained in history under the name of the Seven Slavic Tribes.

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The Slavs

The connections between Slavic agricultural traditions and the signs of the development of civilizations from the Stone Age and the Copper-Stone Age are indisputable. The Slavs are mostly farmers, but their land cultivation methods are not sufficient enough to feed large communities.

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The way of life and social structure of the Slavs

The Slavs led a sedentary lifestyle. Their settlements were usually erected along rivers, lakes and marshes, and in most cases not fortified. The Slavs relied on the natural protection provided by the landscape of the area. Larger settlements were encircled by a wooden palisade, and sometimes additionally by a moat or an earth rampart.

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