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40th anniversary of the Branch of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at Shumen

26.03.2015
Celebration and plenary session will be held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Branch of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the city of Shumen. The aim is to make an assessment of the achievements of the Branch of its 40-year existence and to present the most important results reached in this period.

The Branch at the city of Shumen was established by order № 262 of December 1973 of the Council of Ministers, under the direction of Acad. Dimitar Angelov, Prof. Stancho Vaklinov, Doctor of Historical Sciences Zhivka Vazharova.

Competition for Research Associates of the Branch was held in the autumn of 1975 and was won by Rasho Rashev, Konstantin Popkonstantinov, Pavel Georgiev, Stoycho Bonev. The work was initially distributed into several groups: research of the “Krum’s palace” in Pliska, “Early Bulgarian baths, water-main and sewage infrastructure in the cities of Pliska and Preslav”, the Aul of Khan Omurtag, large monastic ensembles in the Great Basilica, and a number of monasteries at Preslav.

In 1984, a brochure containing the first bibliography of the researchers with 303 titles was released on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Branch. The Branch organized and hosted a number of conferences and symposia.

In 1984-89, the excavations began in more distant centers: the royal monastery at Ravna village, Provadia region, the monastery at Chernoglavtsi village, the Kireka monastery at Kalugeritsa village, the settlement at Huma village, Razgrad region, the necropolis at Karamanite village, Dibich village. The 1994-2004 excavations were supported by a collaboration agreement concluded with the University of Frankfurt am Main for joint researches in the Outer city of Pliska.

Nowadays, a Professor (Ivan Yordanov), three Associate Professors (Pavel Georgiev, Stoycho Bonev and Stella Doncheva), a PhD, Chief Assistant (Yanko Dimitrov) and two specialists (Stanislav Ivanov and Svetlozar Stoyanov) work at the Branch of NAIM-BAS. The work of the archaeologists affiliated to the Branch is primarily focused on the study of the capitals of the First Bulgarian Kingdom – Pliska and Preslav.

The plenary session is organized with the support of Shumen Municipality and will be held on March 26, at 02.30 p.m., in the Regional Library “Stoyan Chilingirov” at the city of Shumen. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, Director of NAIM at BAS, will open the meeting. The programme includes the following reports:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pavel Georgiev, “The activities of the Branch of NAIM at the city of Shumen from 2004 to 2014;
  • Prof. D.Sc. Ivan Yordanov, “Shumen – center of Byzantine and Bulgarian Sigillography”;
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pavel Georgiev, “Studies of the fortification of Pliska in the last decade”;
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stoycho Bonev, “Studies in the Royal Palace of Veliki Preslav”;
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stella Doncheva, “Production centers for artistic metal goods in the vicinity of the capital of Preslav”;
  • Dr. Yanko Dimitrov, Chief Assistant, “The citadel and the southeastern periphery of the Inner city of Pliska – studies in the last decade”;
  • Stanislav Ivanov, specialist, “Studies of the Palace Square in Pliska National Historical and Archaeological Reserve and Kabiyuk National Historical and Archaeological Reserve conducted after 2005”;
  • Gergana Ilieva, PhD student, “Christian symbolism in the First Bulgarian Kingdom”;
  • Eng. Svetlozar Stoyanov, “Engineering and land surveying within the logistics activities of the archaeological excavations”.