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Communication and commerce in the Roman Balkans Exhibition shows artifacts from the depots of NIAM-BAS
Under the title Communication and commerce in the Roman provinces on the Balkans the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NIAM-BAS) in cooperation with the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS) present a special exhibition dedicated to the everyday life of the Romans, their means of communication and transport, as well as the production and consumption of goods – from wine and spices to jewelry and perfumes. Curator of the exhibition is Prof. Eric De Sena, Director of ARCS.
The idea of this exhibition came with the conference Communication and commerce in the Balkans from Alexander the Great till Alexander Battenberg hosted by ARCS.
From October 25th 2012, the visitors of the National Museum of Archaeology may observe the remarkable original artifacts housed in the depots of NIAM-BAS. The exhibition presents various aspects of everyday standards in the Roman provinces on the Balkans as the main focus is on the pieces illustrating the life in the today’s Bulgarian territories during the Roman Age (1st – 3rd c. AD). The artifacts reveal a high material culture of the people inhabiting the Roman provinces of Thrace, Moesia Inferior and Exterior, and Macedonia.
On display are noteworthy and rarely shown pieces as the coin hoard of aurei from the 1st – 2nd c. from the village of Stakevtsi, Belogradchik region; coin hoard of 12 silver and bronze coins discovered near Balchik, Varna region; votive tablets representing various Olympian gods as Zeus and Hermes; votive tablets of Roman gods as Pluto God of the Underworld, and Mercury God of commerce; architectural elements from the antique villa Armira; a milestone from Plovdiv; magnificent pieces of Roman bronze figurines, etc. Some recent finds are also on display as the golden jewels found in the sarcophagus in Raikova Mogila (Raikova Tumulus) near Stroyno village, Elhovo Municipality, dating from the late 1st – early 2nd c.: two massive golden rings with gems, three exquisite necklaces, a pair of earrings, a lunula and two golden beads. One of the gems bears Demeter Goddess of agriculture and new life, Patroness of marriage and sacred union, and the other one – Orpheus, the Thracian singer and musician.
The Exhibition is work of a NIAM team headed by Ass. Prof. Dr. Maria Reho, Pavlina Ilieva, Dr. Miroslava Dotkova, Krassimir Georgiev, Dr. Zdravko Dimitrov, Katya Melamed, Maria Tasseva, Krastyu Chukalev, and Dr. George Ivanov, in cooperation with the team of ARCS headed by Prof. Eric De Sena. It is supported by America for Bulgaria Foundation.
The Exhibition is open till November 30th 2012.