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14th National Archaeological Exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2020” was officially opened


On February 11th 2021 the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences officially presented the fourteenth national exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology”. Official guests of the opening were the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, the deputy mayor of Sofia, assoc. prof. Todor Chobanov and the President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Prof. Julian Revalski.

Traditionally, the exhibition presents the results from the last season of archaeological fieldwork by displaying some of the most interesting finds, along with extensive illustrative material. This year, 16 museums of history and archaeology in the country participate with finds, and are co-organizers of the event: National History Museum, Regional Archaeological Museums in Plovdiv and Varna, Regional Museums of History in Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Pleven, Ruse, Sofia and Shumen, Archaeological Museum “Ancient Nessebar” and Archaeological Museum “Maritsa – Iztok” Radnevo, Museums of History in Lom, Panagyurishte, Polski Trambesh, Popovo and Provadia.

The exhibition presents more than 350 artefacts from a total of 27 archaeological sites of different type and chronology, ranging from the Prehistory to the Middle Ages. Among these are the long-term investigations of the prehistoric tells of Provadia, Poroy, Kozareva Mogila, the Late Bronze Age necropolis at Baley, the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol), the Roman towns of Philippopolis, Ratiaria, Oescus, Sexaginta Prista, Almus, the medieval capitals Pliska and Velika Tarnovo. The exhibition includes also previously unknown sites in Northwestern Bulgaria and other regions, discovered as a result of rescue archaeological excavations along the extension of the gas transmission structure of Bulgartransgaz, “Hemus” highway, the route of the international road E79 in the section Vidin-Sofia, and the railroad Plovdiv-Burgas. Among these, are the Late Neolithic settlements near Kovachevets, Popovo region and near Bata, Panagyurishte region, the Late Chalcolithic necropolis near Gradishte, Shumen region, the Roman settlements at Sinagovtsi and Slana Bara, Vidin region.

Some of the most impressive finds are prehistoric anthropomorphic figurines and vessels from Provadia and Kovachevets, an item with incised signs from Bata, a golden hoop from the 5th millennium BC discovered at tell Poroy, an elaborately decorated vessel shaped as a bird from Baley, an iron rhomphaia from Chirpan, a collective find of almost 600 silver Roman coins, golden Roman adornments from Slana bara and Almus, golden jewelry and an ivory plate from Trapezitsa (Veliko Tarnovo).

The discovery context of all finds, as well as the results of a number of investigations carried out in 2020, are presented as posters illustrating nearly 60 archaeological sites.

The exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2020” will be on display in the Central Hall of NAIM from 12 February until 02 May 2021.