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09/2022

Late Neolithic, second half of 6th millennium BC H 8 cm The ceramic altar is triangular, with a triangular reservoir and legs at each corner. Its outer surface is decorated with incised lines forming circles and square and triangular fields of round impressions filled with...
08/2022

Second half of 2nd c. Height – 1,45 m; Length – 2,47 м; Width – 1,25 m The sarcophagus is made of limestone and consists of two parts. The lid is sculpted as double-edged tiled roof with acroteria shaped as sphinxes, situated on each of the four corners,...
07/2022

During the Early Medieval period, the city of Veliki Preslav emerged as the embodiment of state power. This lavish centre became the second Bulgarian capital for the next eight decades. It stood as a milestone in forming new models and trends, which would begin to define early...
06/2022

The third millennium BC was a time of astonishing creativity, the flowering of artistic development, the exchange of raw materials, ideas, and technologies, and a time of long-distance trade and contacts. All these factors impacted the emergency of civilizations and the...
05/2022

Bronze, silver First half of 4th c. BC Discovered in 2000 in a sarcophagus-like grave with a rich inventory in Peychova Tumulus, Starosel necropolis, Municipality of Hisarya, Plovdiv Province. The helmet is cast and finished by forging. The calotte is oval and has an...
02/2022

Calyx-cup  Silver  Height 8.7 cm; Doameter of rim 9.7 cm; W 168.50 g  Part of the inventory of a stone tomb discovered in 1885 in Chereshka (Troshka) locality near Varbitsa, Shumen region.  Late 4th – first half of...
01/2022

H 11.2 cm; D 9 cm; Weight 449 g. Silver gild. First half of 4th c. BC Photo: NAIM-BAS archive  In 2022 we celebrate 130 years since the establishment of the National Archaeological Museum. Among the exhibits, part of the first exposition of the Museum, are the...
11/2021

Sandal-shaped plate  Silver, gilding  Trebenishte necropolis, Ohrid region  Grave 7  End of 6th c. BC  The excavations of the necropolis near Trebenishte, Ohrid region, began with an accidental find during...
10/2021

Provadia-Solnitsata tell Late Neolithic, 5400 – 5200 BC, Karanovo III-IV culture NAIM-BAS  The collective find of sickles was discovered during the excavations of a two-storey Late Neolithic dwelling in the prehistoric salt mining centre Provadia-Solnitsa....
09/2021

The terracotta represents a horse with a four-wheeled cart and a seated human figure. Made in a mould, with the details added afterwards by hand. The terracotta is of purified clay, with an even ocher colour. It originates from the region of Suhindol town, Veliko Tarnovo...
08/2021

A small clay head from an anthropomorphic figure is exhibited in the Prehistory Hall of the National Archaeological Museum. It is dated to the 5 th millennium BC (Chalcolithic period) and was discovered in Tatar kioi locality near Galabets village,...
05/2021

Epithaph Veliki Preslav, Selishte locality, near the northern foundations of a monastery church Middle – third quarter of 10th c. Limestone, 1.02 х 0.55 х 0.10 m In 1952, at the eastern end of the Selishte locality, S. Stanchev (Vaklinov) and V. Ivanova-Mavrodinova...
03/2021

The Early Bronze Age (3 rd millennium BC) was a period of intensive cultural and trade contacts between distant regions. The intensive contacts, the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed significantly to the development of the jewellery production. The intensive...
01/2021

The statue is a Roman replica of the Relaxing Satyr by Praxiteles. Known as Periboetos (the Famous), it was one of his last works. The Satyr is depicted as a demon of nature, a joyful character already typifying the atmosphere of Hellenistic art, and the poetry of Theokritos. He...
12/2020

In the permanent exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum can be seen gold signet ring from Svetitsa Tumulus, near the town of Shipka, Stara Zagora Region from late 5 th c. BC. The ring belongs to grave goods found in a sarcophagus-like grave in the Svetitsa Tumulus....
11/2020

In the permanent exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum can be seen two curious in shape ceramic vessels dated in the Early Bronze Age or the 3 rd millennium BC. They are in the shape of a tall tankard with slightly out-turned rim and two symmetrical handles attached...
10/2020

In the NAIM depository are kept 12 silver appliqués with relief decoration – part of the grave offerings discovered in a tumulus in the Mramor locality near the town of Panagyurishte. The tumulus was looted in 1903. In it, a burial from the Early Hellenistic Age was...