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The official opening of the exhibition "Stone monuments from the collection of NIAM-BAS. An open-air exposition" is coming up

17.06.2014
The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum (NIAM) at BAS opens the exhibition "Stone monuments from the collection of NIAM-BAS. An open-air exposition" on June 17, Tuesday. The exhibition presents the result of the project "Conservation, restoration and improving the way of exposing the stone monuments from the depository of the National Archaeological Museum" implemented in 2013-2014 by NIAM-BAS in cooperation with and funded by the American Research Center in Sofia and also supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
 
The exhibition includes restored monuments from the Roman period found on the territory of Bulgaria, which give an idea of the architecture and funeral and cult monuments of that age. Placed in open spaces around the building of the National Archaeological Museum, the monuments mainly originate from three ancient cities which are different in status and development: the Roman colony of Oescus located on the Danube River (near the village of Gigen, Pleven region), i.e. city with the highest status in the Roman provinces; Nicopolis ad Istrum (near the village of Nikyup, Veliko Tarnovo region) and Serdica (Sofia) belonging to the group of the Roman towns municipia with limited self-government. The majority of the stone monuments displayed reveals the appearance of the Roman town square (forum or agora) - which is the center of the social life.
 
In order to restore and preserve this cultural heritage, the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum (NIAM) at BAS prepared a project proposal entitled "Conservation, restoration and improving the way of exposing the stone monuments from the depository of the National Archaeological Museum" and applied in 2013 for funding through a program of the American Research Center in Sofia. The restoration began in July last year and was carried out along with the commitment for more aesthetic display. The monuments are placed on stands specifically designed to protect the exhibits and to present them to the audience in the most appropriate way.
 
"I have repeatedly encountered the attitude of the public towards these monuments as if they are stones just thrown into the grass", said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, Director of NIAM-BAS. "That is why we have taken such an initiative. Our aim is to educate the public in respect to the cultural monuments and to reveal their history. The change must come from within us. I hope that the opening of this exhibition which will change the appearance of the area around the museum building, will form different attitude of the people towards the exhibits".
 
The restoration of the stone monuments is a part of a long-term strategic planning of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at BAS to renovate the museum's appearance in order to make a modern European look. The goals include reorganizing the collections, providing more information to the visitors in the form of information panels and multimedia presentations, creating an electronic database of the museum collections, publishing museum guides. In recent years, the National Archaeological Museum has aimed to present the expositions in an interesting and memorable way, using modern technology and organizing events that attract more audience and expanding the age group of the museum visitors through special programs focused on children and youths.
 
The opening of the exhibition will be held on June 17, 2014 at 17:00 at the National Archaeological Museum. Free entrance.


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