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9th National Archaeological exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2015” was officially opened

15.02.2016
The National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organizes the National Archaeological exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2015” for the ninth year in a row. Traditionally, it presents the results from the last season of archaeological fieldwork by displaying some of the most interesting finds, along with extensive illustrative material. Contributions to the exhibition come from fifteen museums of history and archaeology in the country, co-organizers of the event, with finds from their depositories.



The opening ceremony was attended by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boni Petrunova, Deputy Minister of Culture, Dr. Todor Chobanov, Deputy Mayor Culture, Education and Sport for the City of Sofia, Prof. Dimitar Ivanov D.Sc., Scientific Secretary of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Research field "Biomedicine and Quality of Life" and "Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology", Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joanna Spassova-Dikova, Scientific Secretary of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Research field "Cultural- Historical Heritage and National Identity" and "Man and Society", Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martin Ivanov, Secretary for Culture and National Identity of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, diplomats and representatives of foreign cultural institutes in Sofia, the archaeological college and many visitors.

The annual journalist awards for contribution to protection and promotion of the archaeological heritage of Bulgaria through the media were handed out at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. The award in the category Electronic publications (radio and television) went to Maria Cherneva (Bulgarian National Television) and in the category Print publications (newspapers and magazines) it was bestowed to Violeta Tsvetkova ("Trud" newspaper). The award in the category Publication in electronic media (news agencies and online media) went to Paolina Semkova, Ivaylo Dernev, Dimitar Semkov (News site „Pod tepeto“).

The exhibition brings together more than 260 artefacts from 24 archaeological sites belonging to different types and chronology, ranging from the Early Prehistory to the Middle Ages. Among them are well-known sites explored by long-term research, such as the Palaeolithic site in the Kozarnika cave, the Provadia-Solnitsata prehistoric salt-production center, the Black Sea colony of Apollonia Pontica, the Roman cities of Deultum and Serdica, the rock city of Perperikon, etc., as well as sites investigated through a series of large-scale rescue excavations caused by some of the major public infrastructure projects – the Neolithic settlement at Mursalevo village, the Late Bronze Age settlement and the Late antique necropolis at the North Speed Tangent of Sofia, the ancient villa near Dragovishtitsa village, Kostinbrod region, the Late Medieval necropolis at the Western Arc of Sofia Ring Road.

Some of the most impressive finds are two almost identical swastika-shaped stone amulets from the Early Neolithic settlements at Mursalevo and Slatina villages, a ceramic “rattle” decorated with incised signs, found in the Chalcolithic settlement near Avren, a funerary wreath of gold-plated leaves from the necropolis of Apollonia Pontica, hoard of nearly 3,000 Roman silver coins from the ancient city of Serdica, a fragment of a Roman military diploma found in the ancient villa near Dragovishtitsa village, a rich collection of jewellery (rings, earrings, pendants) from the Late Medieval necropolis at the Western Arc of Sofia Ring Road.

The 2015 excavation season is illustrated by posters presented over 50 sites.

The exhibition will run until April 10, 2016.