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The Archaeological Institute and Museum published the next copies of Arheologia (Sofia), 2005, 1-4 and Razkopki i prouchvania (Excavations & Research), Vol. 35, which include articles and reports in the fields of prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Mediaeval archaeology as well as results of archaeological excavations and surveys.

The Interdisciplinarni prouchvania (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Prinosi kam Bulgarskata arheologia (Contributions to the Bulgarian Archaeology) series were resumed. Volume XIX of Interdisciplinary Studies presents the use of modern techniques and various interdisciplinary analyses of artifacts and monumental assemblages. Contributions to the Bulgarian Archaeology, volume III-IV presents the proceedings of the Annual 1987 and 1988 December Readings. They are focused on the character and the importance of various mediaeval finds and monuments.

Vesselka Katsarova’s book Pautalia and Its Territory, 1st to 6th century AD includes a detailed consideration of the Roman provincial administration pattern: the “city/urban territory” pattern. It is based on the results of the archaeological excavations at Pautalia (the modern town of Kyustendil) as well as various categories of settlement units belonging to its territory. A number of problems related to the topography, urban planning and the architecture of the Roman and Early Byzantine Pautalia have been considered. General conclusions are drawn on the data on villages, fortified settlements, market places and others situated within the boundaries of the urban territory as well as the interactions between them and the urban center.
Pautalia and Its Territory, 1st to 6th century AD

The informative and nicely illustrated volume of reports of the rescue archaeological excavations in 2004 along the intended Plovdiv-Svilengrad railway was published in 2006. The chapters present the results of rescue excavations at 9 archaeological sites. They contribute to the knowledge of the settlement patterns, mortuary and ritual practices of the population, which inhabited the Maritsa valley. The excavated sites range from the Early Neolithic, through the Early Bronze Age, Early & Late Iron Age, Roman period to the Middle Ages. The sites yielded a considerable number of finds of both material and academic value; they will add to the collections and the Exposition Rooms of the National Museum of Archaeology as well as the local Museums of History.

Rescue archaeological excavations along the Plovdiv-Svilengrad Railway, 2004

Heros Hephaistos. Studia in Honorem Lubae Ognenova-Marinova volume of articles was published in 2005 as a result of the joint efforts of the Institute of Archaeology and Museum at BAS and the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of History, St. Kliment Ohriski Sofia University. The volume (491 p.) contains the proceedings of the International Conference in Honor of the 80th Anniversary of the Senior Research Associate Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova in December 2002 in Sofia. The articles are related to the main topics of the academic CV of the heroine of the jubilee - Thrace in the Classic and the Hellenistic world, Thracia Pontica, Mesambria Pontica, metalwork and art, military activity in Old Thrace. The papers of more than 50 scholars from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Macedonia, Italy and Greece present general studies on the Thracian and Graeco-Roman archaeology, religion and art as well as results of the recent archaeological excavations and discoveries in Bulgaria. The papers have been written in English, French, German, Italian or Bulgarian (papers in Bulgarian have summaries in a foreign language) and are illustrated with photos and drawings. They reflect the state of the art in the studies on the above themes.
Heros Hephaistos. Studia in honorem Lubae Ognenova-Marinova