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Four Thracian mounds and traces of two ancient cities - GreekPistiros and an Roman town that lies on Trayan's Drum were discovered near the town. It has succeeded as an old Bulgarian settlement, which was destroyed in the late 14th century during the Ottoman onslaught. The town was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century under the Turkish name of Sara Khan bey, and carried this name until 1949.
^Readings in Greek History: Sources and Interpretations by D. Brendan Nagle and Stanley M. Burstein , 2006,page 232: A GREEK TRADING POST IN THRACE"... Maronea, Apollonia, and Thasos living in the trading post of Pistiros. ...