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Collection of papers, dedicated to the memory of Academician D. P. Dimitrov has been released

Collection of papers in memory of Academician D. P. Dimitrov has been released. The book is dedicated to the 100th birthday anniversary of the remarkable explorer, scholar and university lecturer Academician D. P. Dimitrov and is a joint publication of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM-BAS) and the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of History at the "St. Kliment Ohridski" Sofia University.

Editors of the book are Prof. Dr. Kostadin Rabadzhiev – Head of the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of History, "St. Kliment Ohridski" Sofia University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hristo Popov and Dr. Margarit Damyanov, Chief Assistant – Department of Thracian archaeology, NAIM-BAS, and Dr. Veselka Katsarova, Chief Assistant – Department of Classic Archaeology, NAIM-BAS.

The book includes 58 articles and studies of Bulgarian and foreign scholars – archaeologists, historians, numismatists, art specialists, etc. At the beginning of the book, Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Getov presents the professional biography and research work of Academician D. P. Dimitrov.  
The contents of the book dedicated to the memory of Academician D. P. Dimitrov can be seen here.


Academician Dimitar P. Dimitrov was born on April 1, 1908 in the town of Stara Zagora. In 1931 he graduated in Classics with ancient history and archaeology at Sofia University. Ever since he was a student Acad. Dimitrov was very interested in the issues of the ancient history and culture of our lands.

He specialized in the universities of Berlin and Freiburg during the 1936-1938 period. After his two-year specialization in Germany he was appointed to be assistant of Prof. Dr. Bogdan Filov.

Early in his career Acad. Dimitrov proved to be one of the best trained specialists in ancient and medieval archaeology and art history. Much of his career was related to the Historical-Philological Faculty at Sofia University and there he went through all the steps of the university hierarchy – from Assistant to Professor, including Head of the Department of Archaeology from 1950 to 1965. Another part of his professional career was associated with the Archaeological Institute with Museum at BAS where Acad. Dimitrov worked in 1938-1939. In 1949 he was appointed Director of the Museum and later – a titular Director.
In 1947 he was elected a Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and in 1966 an Academician. Because of his great contributions to scholarship Acad. Dimitrov was appointed a Corresponding member and an Honorary member of a number of research institutes and societies abroad. His scholar interests were related to the early history and culture of Ancient Thrace and his research activity as an archaeologist was connected to the exploration of the Thracian settlement center of the Early Hellenistic period – Seuthopolis. Even today Seuthopolis presents an example of precise methodical and almost complete investigation of archaeological site for only seven years – from 1948 to 1954. Acad. Dimitrov also conducted the excavations in the eastern sector of the Roman and Early Byzantine town of Novae for a decade. 
Academician Dimitar P. Dimitrov was the first and longtime editor of "Archaeology" and created the form of the journal. Besides the "Archaeology" journal whose editor was in 1959-1973, he was also editor in chief of Bulletin of the Institute of Archaeology from 1966 to 1970. Academician D. P. Dimitrov was a member of editorial boards of a number of historical and archaeological periodicals, for example Bulletin of the Bulgarian Historical Society, Historical Review, etc.

Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology