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12th National Archaeological Exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2018”


For the twelfth year in a row, the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organizes the National Archaeological exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology”. 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. Archaeological finds contributed to the exhibition come from nineteen museums of history and archaeology in the country, co-organizers of the event: National History Museum, Regional Museum of Archaeology Plovdiv, Regional Museums of History in Blagoevgrad, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Dobrich, Pazardzhik, Pleven, Razgrad, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, and Yambol, Archaeological Museum “Ancient Nessebar” and Museums of History in Belogradchik, Dryanovo, Panagyurishte, Petrich, and Sevlievo.

The exhibition presents 250 artefacts from a total of 23 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 Kozarnika and Bacho Kiro Caves, the prehistoric tells Yunatsite and Kozareva Mogila, the Bronze age necropolis at Baley, the ancient cities of Apollonia, Heraclea Sintica, Serdica, Philippopolis, and Ulpia Oescus, the medieval Bulgarian capitals of Pliska and Tarnovo, etc. Interesting results and amazing finds come from the large-scale rescue excavations of the ancient archaeological site at Pokrovnik, Blagoevgrad region, along the “Struma” highway route.

Some of the most impressive finds are the upper palaeolithic incised decorated bone awl from Redaka Cave, bone tattooing needle from Tell Durankulak, richly decorated vessel urns from the necropolis at Baley, excellently preserved glass amphora from Pokrovnik, marble female statue head from Heraclea Sintica and statue head of the Emperor Aurelian from Ulpia Oescus, gold torque-bearing bronze Venus figurine from ancient Philippopolis, glassware and jewelry from the necropolis of Augusta Traiana (present-day Stara Zagora), gold reliquary cross from Trapezitsa, Tarnovo.

The context of discovery of all finds and the results of a number of investigations conducted in 2018 is presented as posters illustrating nearly 50 archaeological sites.

The exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2018” will be on display in the Temporary Exhibitions Hall of the National Archaeological Museum from 15 February until 14 April, 2019.