За мистериозните острови Милос и Гата край Созопол

The mysterious islands Milos and Gata near Sozopol, Bulgaria


  • Nayden Prahov Department of Interdisciplinary Research and Archaeological Map of Bulgaria, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia


Sozopol harbour, Apollonia Pontica, Black Sea, submerged coasts


Nowadays in the aquatory of Sozopol, ancient Apollonia Pontica, on the Southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast exist three islands – St. Ivan, St. Peter and St. Kirik. Some scholars describing Sozopol and its environment in the late 19th century mention another two islets – Milos and Gata. Today they no longer exist. This paper addresses the questions of where these were located, and what was their fate. The research is based on a number of articles concerning the history, archaeology and geography of Sozopol and its area, naval and military maps, pilots and itineraries from the 19th – early 20th centuries, old pictures, and interviews with local anglers. The conclusions are that Gata is comprised of shallow reefs in the aquatory between the north-eastern shore of St. Kirik island and Sozopol peninsula and Milos was the name given to reefs in the aquatory south of St. Kirik island. Today these rocks are partly covered by an artificial road and island extension build in the 20th century.


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How to Cite

Prahov, N. (2019) “За мистериозните острови Милос и Гата край Созопол: The mysterious islands Milos and Gata near Sozopol, Bulgaria”, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology | Българско е-Списание за Археология, 9(1), pp. 91–118. Available at: https://be-ja.org/index.php/journal/article/view/be-ja-9-1-2019-91-118 (Accessed: 25 February 2024).