The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(from Persian-Turkish dev, “evil spirit,” and Turkish tasşar, “stones”), ancient Bulgarian tombstones of the eighth-ninth century in the vicinity of Pliska (Shumen District, Bulgaria). They may have been erected in honor of those who died far from their homeland. They consist of groups of five, seven, or nine rows of huge stone blocks; old Bulgarian characters have been carved on some of them.

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