Helis was the capital of the Getic ruler Dromichaites which defeated and captured Lysimachus, a successor of the Alexander the Great.
Historically, after the Galatai destroyed Helis, the surviving population moved north of the Istros and rebuilt their capital at Argedava, now known as Popesti.
Helis, the capital of the Getae,south of the Danube, southern wall and water reservoir
The remains of the Getian city Helis, near village Sveshtari now in Bulgaria
Founded during the second half of the 4th century B.C. the city spread over a territory more then 200 acres. The citadel on the plateau has a double fortification walls with monumental gates to the South and North as well. A route cut in the rocks leads to the springs in the valley where in the neighborhood of the Thracian sanctuary at Demir Baba Teke quarters of the "Lower city" have been situated. The archeological excavations started in 1986 proved the Getic city was a prosperous political, economical and religious center having intensive trade and cultural relations with the most of the great Hellenic cities in the Aegean and Black sea area. The city was a residence of a powerful Getic dynasty of the early Hellenistic times and it is to be identified with Helis - the capital of the Getic ruler Dromichaites which defeated and captured Lysimachus, a successor of the Alexander the Great.
North of the Haemus, the first well-known Thracian city is Helis now Sborjanovo(Stoyanov 2000), which flourished in the 3 rd century B.C. Its fortifications (Fig. 4) indicate its special importance, but the interior of the city is only partly known, and it was not built in the regular (Hippodamean) urban system. Several – probably more modest – parallels to Sborjanovo exist in SE Rumania, but Sborjanovo- Helis may best be considered the capital of the royal dynasty of the Getai whose cemetery was situated in Sveštari.
The Šumen settlement may also have been urban in character, but it has not been investigated enough to provide clear evidence, and it is probably later than Bobata near Osmar (Domaradzki-Taneva 1998, 42; Antonova 1995). There was another important site in the area on the hill Carevec (Domaradzki-Taneva 1998, 43).
The urban centres were connected by a system of roads (Fig. 5). They did not become independent political units with free citizens like the Greek poleis; they were dependent on the system of local kingdoms and dynasties, with the exception of Kabyle (the city minted its own coins).
Urban centres where Thracians lived, often with some Greeks, existed in some parts of the Aegean coast fairly early, and later on the Black Sea coast (like Tyrzis on Cap Kaliakra, Balkanska 1980, Velkov 1982)) and on a larger scale in inland Thrace south of Stara Planina at least from the 4 th century B.C. As in Italy or in other parts of the Classical world, the Thracians too adopted urban life from their Greek neighbours.
We do not have on our disposal any other funerary monuments from the area and the period in consideration. But we have some evidence about personal names of some representatives of the population in the biggest centre from the region north of Haemus, the Geto-Thracian fortified settlement, regularly excavated near the village of Sboryanovo (Stoyanov 2002, 207-221; Stoyanov 2003, 413-424).
Some personal names are attested on ca.20 graffiti on pottery sherds, discovered on the site. One of them is a Teres known as Thracian king’s name, but, obviously spread and fashionable amongst the common people as well. The other one is Skakas, unattested in other epigraphic monuments neither in Thrace, nor in other areas, probably a personal name with a local origin (Fig. 3).
In the museum:
Gold protome of Pegasus from the area of the village of Vazovo-5th - 4th century BC;
Sveshtari royal tomb below Ginina Mogila Mound - 4th - 3th century BC
Geto- Dacic fortress at Demi Baba Teke, Bulgaria Photo at: http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv10/velioadmin/Architecture/Demir%20Baba%20Teke/DSC_0035.jpg
There is dispute among scholars whether the Getae were Dacians or had some other relationship with them. The sources from the Antiquity claim the ethnic or linguistic identity of the two people. In his Geographia, Strabo wrote about the two tribes speaking the same language. Justin considers the Dacians are the successors of the Getae. In his Roman history, Cassius Dio shows the Dacians to live on both sides of the Lower Danube, the ones south of the river (today's northern Bulgaria), in Moesia, and are called Moesians, while the ones north of the river are called Dacians. He argues that the Dacians are "Getae or Thracians of Dacian race" but also stresses the fact that he calls the Dacians with the name used "by the natives themselves and also by the Romans" and that he is "not ignorant that some Greek writers refer to them as Getae, whether that is the right form or not". In accordance with these testimonies some Romanian and Bulgarian scholars developed hypotheses and theories arguing for common cultural, ethnical or linguistical features in the space north of Haemus mountains where both the populations of Dacians and of Getae were located. The linguist Ivan Duridanov identified a "Dacian linguistic area" in Dacia, Scythia Minor, Lower Moesia and Upper Moesia. The archaeologist Mircea Babeş speaks of a "veritable ethno-cultural unity" between the Getae and the Dacians while the historian and archaeologist Alexandru Vulpe finds a remarkable uniformity of the Geto-Dacian culture. There were also studies on Strabo's reliability and sources. Some of these interpretation have echoed in other historiographies. The Romanian historian of ideas and historiographer Lucian Boia states: "At a certain point, the phrase Geto-Dacian was coined in the Romanian historiography to suggest a unity of Getae and Dacians". Lucian Boia takes a skeptical position and argues the ancient writers distinguished among the two people, treating them as two distinct groups of the Thracian ethnos. Boia contends that it would be naive to assume Strabo knew the Thracian dialects so well, alleging that Strabo had "no competence in the field of Thracian dialects". He also stresses that some Romanian authors cited Strabo indiscriminately. His position was supported by other scholars. The historian and archaeologist G. A. Niculescu also criticized the Romanian historiography and the archaeological interpretation, particularly on the "Geto-Dacian" culture. 
When Lysimachus tried to subdue the Getae he was defeated by them. The Getae king, Dromichaetes, took him prisoner but he treated him well and convinced Lysimachus there is more to gain as an ally than as an enemy of the Getae and released him. According to Diodorus, Dromichaetes entertained Lysimachus at his palace at Helis, where food was served on gold and silver plates. The discovery of the celebrated tomb at Sveshtari (1982) suggests that Helis was located perhaps in its vicinity, where remains of a large antique city are found along with dozens of other Thracian mound tombs.
Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia mentions a tribe called the Tyragetae (or Thyssagetæ), apparently a Daco-Thracian tribe who dwelt by the river Tyras (the Dniester). Their tribal name appears to be a combination of Tyras and Getae.
The Roman poet Ovid, during his long exile, is asserted to have written poetry (now lost) in the Getic language.
During 5th and 6th centuries, several writers (Marcellinus Comes, Orosius, John Lydus, Isidore of Seville, Procopius of Caesarea) used the same ethnonym Getae to name populations invading the Eastern Roman Empire (Goths, Gepids, Kutrigurs, Slavs). For instance, in the third book of the History of the Wars Procopius details: "There were many Gothic nations in earlier times, just as also at the present, but the greatest and most important of all are the Goths, Vandals, Visigoths, and Gepaedes. In ancient times, however, they were named Sauromatae and Melanchlaeni; and there were some too who called these nations Getic."
The King of the Getae, Dromichaites, and his wife - Lysimachos’ daughter tomb at:
The Thracian Tombs near the villages of Aleksandrovo and Silistra (n.a. a Getae tomb)
After the discovery of the Kazanlak tomb in 1944 (currently under protection of UNESCO) the Aleksandrovo tomb is the second one with amazing frescos depicting humans figures from the Hellenistic Ages. The tomb is discovered in 2000 and is situated near the town of Haskovo. It was built in 4th century BC. The frescos represent religious rituals and hunting scenes.
H. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1947 (47.100.88)
The ancient land of Thrace encompassed a large area now divided into Bulgaria, southern Romania, eastern Yugoslavia, northeastern Greece, and parts of European Turkey. The first inhabitants of Thrace came from the northern part of Europe and appeared at least as early as the second millennium B.C. Thracian tribes of the mid-first millennium B.C. adopted some of the decorative traditions and nomadic habits of their Scythian neighbors to the east, but they had closer cultural relations with European prehistoric peoples and preserved many of the traditions of the European Bronze Age. From the mid-first millennium, such objects as ceremonial helmets, armor, cups, and ornamental gear for horses—worked from silver and sometimes gilded—have been discovered in graves and in chance finds that must have been the buried hoards of Thracian princes and chiefs.
This silver beaker is a fine example of fourth-century B.C. Thracian workmanship. It probably was made in the region of present-day Romania or Bulgaria, as similar beakers have been found in a princely tomb at Agighiol, near the delta of the Danube in eastern Romania. The beaker is raised from a single piece of silver with stamped, chased, and repoussé decoration. A horned bird of prey holds a fish in its beak and clutches what seems to be a hare in its claws. The bird is flanked by one horned and two antlered animals, and, facing the large bird, a tiny bird of prey hovers over the horned animal. Almost opposite the large bird is a staglike creature with eight legs. His antlers extend into a border of tines ending in bird heads that circle the upper portion of the cup. Around both the rim and the base of the beaker runs a pattern of overlapping semicircles; below, the pattern is fringed with scrolling that suggests waves. On the bottom of the cup a winged, griffinlike monster chews an animal leg and grasps a small beast in its clawed feet.
Although certain contemporary Scythian and Iranian stylistic influences can be seen, the iconography of these scenes is clearly Thracian and probably refers to a native myth or legend. The monstrous bird of prey with land and water creatures in its grasp appears to symbolize dominance over land and water, while the eight-legged stag probably represents a fabulous capacity for speed. Scholars have suggested that its placement on the side of the cup opposite the bird of prey may indicate that the stag is always free from the bird's domination. Though a precise interpretation of the iconography remains uncertain, scholars also have suggested that these animals were symbols associated with a heroic ruler and served as protective spirits, avatars, and tribal totems.
The Golden Ring from Ezerovo
A poem in daco-thracian language?
We think that in this scripto continua is hiding a poem in 5 line (daco-thracian tanca) with an eneasiliab in the first line, a sixsilabes in second, third and forth line, and three or forth silabes in fifth line
Rolist Eneas Ner Eneat Se-nvirte Unu, curge Noua One is round, Nine are flowing
Il Te A Nesk O A El te-a nascut, o A He had borned You, O, A
Ra Ze A Dome Ant Ra, zeu al casei ant The God of Ant's House, Ra
Il Ez Viit Amice El e venit, prieteni He had came, my friends
Ra Ze L Ta Ra, zeul tau Your God, Ra