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New edition of the series “Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology” in memory of Rumen Katincharov

14.12.2021

The new volume of “Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology” XLVII of NAIM at BAS has been published. The volume is dedicated to Rumen Katincharov, compiled by Prof. Dr. Diana Gergova and edited by Zheni Vasileva and Tatiana Stefanova from NAIM at BAS. The volume contains articles by fifty-three Bulgarian and foreign scientists – archaeologists, historians, geologists, geophysicists and restorers. 

The volume presents the professional biography of Rumen Katincharov, as well as a complete bibliography. The collection also includes memories of friends and colleagues of Rumen Katincharov. 

The online version (with free access) is now available at: https://series.naim.bg/index.php/BNAI, where you can download it as a PDF file. 

Rumen Vasilev Katincharov was born on April 19, 1934 in the town of Yakoruda, Blagoevgrad District. He graduated from High school in the town of Yakoruda, and later from High school in Velingrad. In 1954 he became a student at the Faculty of Philosophy and History at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”. He graduated in 1959 with a degree in history, museum studies and archeology. 

In October 1960 he started working at the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences as archaeologist. In 1977 he defended a dissertation on “The Bronze Age in Southeastern Bulgaria” with reviewers Prof. Georgi Georgiev and Prof. Maria Chichikova. That same year he lectured at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Over the years Rumen Katincharov participated in the development and the organization of the permanent exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum at the same time he lectured a number of courses of the Bronze Age at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”. He was a supervisor of PhD students, including a number of students from Vietnam. 

In 1981 he became director of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, and in 1983 vice-director. Between 1982 and 1989 he directed the Department of Prehistory at NAIM. From November 1985 to December 1994 Rumen Katincharov was director of the National History Museum – Sofia. 

Rumen Katincharov is the author of more than 60 scientific studies and publications in Bulgaria and abroad. The research interests of Rumen Katincharov are focused mainly on issues of periodization and chronology of the Bronze Age, social structure, religious life during the Bronze Age etc. Katincharov was also among the first Bulgarian archaeologists to trace the cultural contacts of today's Bulgarian lands with Mycenae, Troada etc. 

Rumen Katincharov is a member of the author's team of Volume I of the edition History of Bulgaria. He had a main role in the authors-team of the monograph "Ezero. Early Bronze settlement”, published in 1979. Katincharov was also a long-term member of the editorial board of the journal “Archeology” and of the editorial board of the Bulgarian-Soviet series “Prehistoric Studies”. 

As an archaeologist and specialist in the Bronze Age, Rumen Katincharov actively participated in a number of archeological excavations in today's Bulgarian lands – settlement mound Ezero, Sliven region, settlement mound Chavdar, Sofia region, settlement mound near the town of Kazanlak, settlement mound near Stara Zagora etc. As a research supervisor, Rumen Katincharov conducted the excavations at the Magura Cave, a tomb near the village of Glavan, Stara Zagora, the settlement mound Nova Zagora, the settlement mound Yunatsite, Pazardzhik region and the prehistoric settlement near the village of Baley, Vidin region. In 1977 he became a supervisor of the Bulgarian-Dutch archeological expedition of the settlement mound Dyadovo, Sliven region. Rumen Katincharov participates in a number of international scientific congresses and symposiums in Bulgaria and abroad.