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The National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences participates at the European Archaeology Days

15.06.2020

About the Initiative

 

On 19th –21st June 2020 we celebrate the European Archaeology Days (EAD): a weekend dedicated to archaeology in all its forms.

In order the attention and the curiosity of the general public to be attracted toward the various aspects of the complicated and multifaceted academic discipline of Archaeology, many european countries envisage the organization of events aimed at engaging families, schools, students, history enthusiasts, museum visitors, as well as merely curious participants. Despite the challenging times that Europe is going through in several levels there are still things that bring us together. Looking for a common ground, for cohesion and reciprocity, while all members preserve their cultural identity and diversity, the European Archaeology Days aim at sharing archaeological heritage throughout Europe and make culture accessible to all.

Originally, several events were planned: visits to archaeological sites usually closed to the public, meetings with archaeology professionals opening up to the public about their profession, a range of entertaining and educational activities, cultural walks in the city or countryside, and many more. Due to the current COVID emergency, the EAD are not cancelled, but transformed. Museums where large events are banned are welcome to unfold their creativity and organise a unique virtual festivity for their public.

 

About the organization and the participants

 

Since 2008, the French Ministry of Culture has been entrusting the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) with the co-ordination and promotion of National Archaeology Days (JNA). In 2019, 1,600 events will have reached 220,000 people in 515 municipalities in metropolitan France and overseas territories and in 663 locations. More than 500 organizers were mobilized, and nearly 150,000 visits were made to the dedicated website during the event. The JNA expanded to include all of Europe in 2019. For the first time, seventeen countries participated. In 2020, France’s National Archaeology Days will become the European Archaeology Days - https://journees-archeologie.fr/c-2020/lg-en/Other-countries/Home

 

Why we are participating?

 

The main goal of National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NAIM-BAS) is the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century and the promotion of the Bulgarian cultural heritage. The present participation at the European Archaeology Days is inseparable part from our scientific and promotional activity performed in close collaboration and interaction with the museums in the country and abroad, national and foreign state institutions and various nongovernmental organizations. In our participation reflects the goal to transform the museum space into a place for entertainment, socialization, communication and education by representing in front of the international public to the prehistoric, Thracian, late antique, medieval and Ottoman culture of the South Eastern Balkans by means of innovative, interactive and non-traditional methods.

 

What we are representing?

 

Within the European Archaeology Days NAIM-BAS represents digital resources with free access: virtual tour of the museum, poster expositions, various periodicals and catalogues. The three-dimensional virtual tour (http://naim.bg/bg/content/news/600/857/1006/) is created from the team of NAIM-BAS and computer specialists from the company Revival design. It includes the exponents from our permanent exposition allocated at our four main halls (Prehistory Hall, Vault, Central Hall, Middle ages Hall), our gallery with Eastern Orthodox icons (14th–18th centuries) and the exponents from the temporary exposition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2019”. Due to the current COVID emergency, this is a suitable alternative way the Museum to be visited by those who have chosen to stay home, the people with special educational needs and the broad international public. Additional information about the rich cultural-historical heritage of the Bulgarian lands could be found in our poster expositions (http://naim.bg/bg/content/category/1234/93/), periodicals (http://journals.naim.bg/) and catalogues (http://catalogues.naim.bg/index.php/catalogues/issue/archive).

We wish you a pleasant visit!





Publications
Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology