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Opening of the 11th National Archaeological Exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2017”


For eleventh year in a row the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organizes the National Archaeological exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2017”. 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 seventeen museums of history and archaeology in the country, co-organizers of the event: National Museum of History, Regional Museum of Archaeology Plovdiv, Regional Museums of History in Blagoevgrad, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Pazardzhik, Sofia and Shumen, Archaeological Museum “Maritsa-Iztok”, Radnevo, Museum “Ancient Nessebar”, Museums of History in Sredets, Belogradchik, Dimitrovgrad, Dryanovo, Petrich, Svilengrad and Sevlievo.

The exhibition presents 340 artefacts from a total of 22 archaeological sites of different type and chronology, ranging from the Early Prehistory to the Middle Ages. Among these are well-known sites explored by long-term research, such as the Palaeolithic sites in the Kozarnika and Bacho Kiro Caves, the Yunatsite and Kozareva Mogila prehistoric tells, the Bronze age necropolis at Baley, the Black Sea colony of Apollonia Pontica, the Roman cities of Serdica, Philippopolis, Heraclea Sintica and Deultum, the Medieval Bulgarian capitals of Pliska and Tarnovo and the town of Kaliakra. Interesting results and amazing finds come from the large-scale rescue excavations of the prehistoric settlement at Damyanitsa and the Roman settlements at Pokrovnik and Moshtanets, on the “Struma” highway route.

The eleventh exhibition “Bulgarian archaeology 2017” is among the most varied presented so far, including a large collection of prehistoric pottery vessels and figurines, fine glass vessels of the Roman period, gold and silver adornments, silver coins, bronze figurines, marble statues, etc. Some of the most impressive finds are ceramic anthropomorphic figurines from the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement at Damyanitsa, red-figure krater from Apollonia Pontica, gold necklace from Heraclea Sintica, bronze flute from Deultum, marble statue of Isis from Kasnakovo, bronze torch holder from Pliska and exquisite nephrite belt buckle from Kaliakra.

The context of discovery of all finds and the results of a number of investigations conducted in 2017 is presented as posters illustrating nearly 50 archaeological sites.

The exhibition will be officially opened to the public on 17 February, 2018 in the Temporary Exhibitions Hall of the National Archaeological Museum and will run until 1 April, 2018.