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Temporary exhibition “The panoply of the Thracian warriors”


On April 20th 2022 the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences officially presented the temporary exhibition “The panoply of the Thracian warriors”. Official guests of the opening were the Minister of culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Atanas Atanasov, the deputy minister of culture Mr. Yuriy Valkovski, the deputy minister of tourism Prof. Mariela Modeva, the chairperson of Committee on Budget and Finance at 46th National Assembly, Mr. Lyubomir.Karimanski, the general manager of the National History Museum of Romania, Dr. Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu, many ambassadors and directors of museums and cultural institutions. 

The exhibition presents more than 120 artifacts, which illustrate the variety, art and craftsmanship in the creation of some of the most interesting objects of Thracian armament. Grave complexes with full sets of representative Thracian weaponry are also included. The exhibits provide important information on Thracian warfare, the burial rites of the Thracian elite, the mythological concepts and beliefs, the technological craftsmanship and aesthetics of the Thracians. Among the most spectacular finds are the composite scaled corslet, helmet and sword from Zlatinitsa; the helmet from Ruets; the parade neck-guard from Mezek; the sword with a sheath, helmet and greaves from Golyama Kosmatka; the greave from Mogilanskata tumulus; and many others. 

The exhibition “The panoply of the Thracian warriors” is a result of a joint project between the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, aiming at holistic research of Thracian panoply, and, consequently, analysis of the development of weaponry and warfare in Ancient Thrace. The project focuses on analysis of the main processes and mechanisms through which main shapes of Greek armament were adopted, as well as the typology and technology of these artifacts not only in Thrace, but in the Classical world in general. In regard to ancient history, the project is directly related to the political history of Thrace in the second half of the 1st millennium BC and the development of the main state formations: the Odrysian kingdom to the south, and the Getaen state, to the north of the Balkan Mountains. 

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with 21 museum in Bulgaria and 2 in Romania: National History Museum, National Museum of Military History, the regional museums of history in Blagoevgrad, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa, Kyustendil, Lovech, Ruse, Sliven, Smolyan, Targovishte and Shumen, the regional archaeological museum in Varna and Plovdiv, the museums of history in Asenovgrad, Gotse Delchev, Isperih, Nova Zagora and Silistra, Museum “Iskra” – Kazanlak, the National Museum of History of Romania and the History and Archaeology Museum in Tulcea. 

The exhibition “The panoply of the Thracian warriors” will be on display in the Treasury Hall of NAIM from 21 April until 30 November 2022.