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The bronze portrait head of Seuthes III won in the category “Discoveries” in the national campaign of the “Standart” newspaper – “Wonders of Bulgaria”

29.12.2015
The bronze portrait head of Seuthes III won in the category “Discoveries” in the national campaign of the “Standart” newspaper“Wonders of Bulgaria” for 2015. The live broadcast of the grand finale of the campaign “Wonders of Bulgaria” on 12 December, 2015, from Studio 1 of the Bulgarian National Television, achieved record ratings. Archaeologists, museums directors, mayors, public figures and many others spoke up for the archaeological discoveries and sites during the broadcast. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, Director of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, made a stand for the tomb of the Thracian king Seuthes III. He showed a copy of the head of the legendary ruler.

The participants in the campaign defined the magnificent bronze portrait head of Seuthes III of the early Hellenistic era as the most significant archaeological discovery. The bronze head was discovered in 2004 in Kosmatka tumulus near the town of Shipka, Stara Zagora region, in front of the tomb of the Odrysian ruler Seuthes III. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boni Petrunova, Deputy Minister of Culture, and Mrs. Polina Karastoyanova, Chairman of the Committee on Culture in the National Assembly, officially handed over the special plaquette to Mrs. Galina Stoyanova, Mayor of Kazanlak Municipality, and to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, Director of NAIM-BAS.

The bronze portrait head of Seuthes III is part of the Representative Depository of NAIM-BAS and can be seen in the Vault Hall of the National Archaeological Museum.

More information about the event can be found here.