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Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski Associate Professor

Address: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna St., 1000 Sofia
Employment, academic and research positions
Since 2010 Director, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
2008-2010 Deputy Director, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
2003-2007 Head of the Dept. of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
1989 Research Associate, Dept. of Classical archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
BAS; currently Associate Prof.

Education and additional qualification
1996 Two months specialization in Munich on Archaeology of the Great Migration Period (Tempus-Phare); scientific adviser Prof. V. Bierbrauer
1995 Two months specialization at DAAD (Berlin) on Culture of the Great Migration Period in Bulgaria; scientific adviser Prof. W. Menghin
1989 PhD thesis “Sports Contents and Gladiatorial Games in Roman Thrace (I-IV C AD)”, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
1987-1989 PhD student, Dept. of Classical archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
1985 MA in Rhetorics (lecturer) at St. Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia
1985 MA in History with specialization in Archaeology, St. Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia
1973-1977 College of Trade, subject “Foreign trade”, Sofia

Organizing experience
2012 chairman of the organizing committee of the 22nd International limes (Roman frontiers) congress in Ruse, September 2012, www.limes2012.naim.bg
2011 head of Nabucco gas pipeline project's field survey in Bulgaria
Since 2010 head of archaeological survey of antiquity and medieval fortress by the village of Slivarovo, Malko Tarnovo community, SE Bulgaria
Since 2007 head of archaeological survey of the ancient city of Heraclea Sintica by the village of Rupite, Petrich community, SW Bulgaria
2005 chairman of the organizing committee of International conference “Lower Danube in Antiquity (6th C BC – 6th C AD)”, October 2005, Tutrakan, BG
Since 2003 head of archaeological survey of Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium (SE Bulgaria)
1992-2002 head of archaeological survey of Danube Late Roman castle of Iatrus (North Bulgaria) and its hinterland; joint project of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum-BAS, Sofia, and Römische-Germanische Commission, Frankfurt am Main)
1989-2005 head of archaeological survey of the Danube Roman military camp and city of Transmarisca (now Tutrakan, NE Bulgaria)

Languages
English, German, Russian

Research
Areas of research interest:
1st cent. BC – early 7th C AD in Eastern and Central Europe; Thrace on the eve of Roman conquering; the Lower Danube limes; entertainments in Roman Thrace; Great Migration Period (the 4th – the 6th C AD)

Archaeological excavations and projects:

  • Roman Danube legionary camp of Novae near Svishtov (1988-1991)
  • Late Roman fortification of Transmarisca, now Tutrakan, north Bulgaria (1989-2005)
  • Late Roman Danube castle of Iatrus, north Bulgaria (1992-2002)
  • The fortification of the Roman colony Deultum (Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium), SE Bulgaria (since 2003)
  • Celtic pottery kiln and Roman military lime kilns nearby Late Roman castle of Iatrus (2002, 2005, 2006)
  • Rescue excavations on the Trakia Motorway (south Bulgaria): Thracian ritual pits, Thracian tumuli, a Roman villa rustica (2003, 2004, 2009)
  • Antiquity city of Heraclea Sintica by the village of Rupite, Petrich community, SW Bulgaria (since 2007)
  • Rescue excavations of an Early Bronze Age tumulus by the village of Kamentsi, Silistra district, NE Bulgaria (2011)
  • Excavations of antiquity and medieval fortress by the village of Slivarovo, Malko Tarnovo municipality, SE Bulgaria (since 2010)

Selected bibliography:

Monographs

Vagalinski, L. (2009). BLOOD AND ENTERTAINMENTS. Sports and Gladiatorial Games in Hellenistic and Roman Thrace. Sofia (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

with Maurizio Boriani, Mahmoud Hawari, Gianclaudio Macchiarella. Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of) (2006). “Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe” Series Nr. 4. Mission Report 14-23 November 2004. UNESCO Office in Venice (ROSTE).

Vagalinski, L. (2002). Burnished Pottery from the First Century to the Beginning of the Seventh Century AD from the Region South of the Lower Danube (Bulgaria). Sofia (in Bulgarian and in English).

Papers in periodicals

Vagalinski, L. (2011). Light Industry in Roman Thrace: the Case of Lime Production. – In: Haynes, Ian P. (ed.). Early Roman Thrace. New Evidence from Bulgaria. (= Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series 82). Portsmouth, Rhode island 2011. 40-58.

with I.D. Cholakov, K. Chukalev (2008). Archaeological Field Activities in Bulgaria: seasons 2006-2007. Statistical Analysis. – Journal of the Serbian Archaeological Society (Belgrade) 24, 109-122.

Vagalinski, L. (2005). Gladiatorial Ceramic Relief from SW Bulgaria. – Studia Archaeologica Universitatis Serdicensis. Suppl. IV. 89-90. (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (2004). New Epigraphical Data on Auxilia in Moesia inferior during 1st C AD. – Novensia (Warsaw) 15, 39-45.

Vagalinski, L. (2003). Ne varietatem timeamus – ueber die Chronologie des spaetantiken Kastells Iatrus an der unteren Donau (Objekt XLIV). – Archaeologia Bulgarica 7, 2, 43-82.

with I. Kuleff, M. Junk (2002). Archaeometric Investigation of Eagle-Head Buckles from Bulgaria. – Historical Metallurgy (Oxford) 36, 2, 77-83.

Vagalinski, L. (2001). Classical Archaeology (methods of field survey and excavations of classical archaeological sites in Bulgaria during 1990-2000). – Arheologiya (Sofia), 42, 3-4, 108-111. (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (2000). Ueber die Chronologie der Pythischen Spiele in Philippopolis (heute Plovdiv, Suedbulgarien). – Annuary of Dept. of Archaeology of New Bulgarian University at Sofia IV-V, 264-268 (in Bulgarian with summary in German).

Vagalinski, L./ Atanassov, G./ Dimitrov, D. (2000). Eagle-Head Buckles from Bulgaria (6th-7th C). – Archaeologia Bulgarica IV, 3, 78-91.

Vagalinski, L. (2000). Once again about the stadium of Philippopolis. – Proceedings of the National History Museum at Sofia XI, 135-141 (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (1999). Ein roemischer Marmorkopf eines Athleten aus Almus (Lom) an der unteren Donau im nordwestlichen Bulgarien. – Nikephoros. Zeitschrift fuer Sport und Kultur im Altertum (Graz) XII, 227-229.

Vagalinski, L. (1999). Epigraphical Data on Gymnasiarchs in Thrace. – Thracia Antiqua (Sofia) X (= in memoriam magistri Prof. Georgi Mihailov), 249-253 (in Bulgarian).

Vagalinski, L. (1998). Organizers of Sport Games in Roman Thrace. – Proceedings of History Museum at Kyustendil, SW Bulgaria V, 313-318 (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (1998): Ein neuer spaetantiker Segmenthelm aus Voivoda, Schumen Gebiet (Nordostbulgarien). – Archaeologia Bulgarica II, 1, 96-106.

Vagalinski, L. (1997): On the Upper Chronological Limit of the Votive Reliefs of the Thracian Horseman. - Archaeologia Bulgarica I, 2, 46-50.

Vagalinski, L. (1997). Wo wurden in Philippopolis (Thrakien) ludi gladiatorii und venations durchgefuehrt? – Minalo (Sofia) IV, 1, 26-35 (in Bulgarian with summary in German).

Vagalinski, L. (1997): Der Zustand der Forschungen nach der spaetroemischen und voelkerwanderungszeitlichen Drehscheibenkeramik mit eingeglaetteter Verzierung in Europa. – Archaeologia Bulgarica I, 1, 38-46.

Vagalinski, L. (1997). Once again about the so called “circus poster” from Serdica. – Annuary of the National Museum of Archaeology (Sofia) X, 237-242 (in Bulgarian, summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (1996). Roman Army – Gladiatura – Thracians. – Annuary of Dept. of Archaeology of New Bulgarian University at Sofia II-III, 243-251 (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

with K. Banev, K. (1995). Diplôme prétorien du castel de Jatrus de la Basse Antiquité près du village de Krivina, dans la region de Russe (Bulgarie du Nord). – Arheologiya (Sofia) XXXVII, 2, 26-30 (in Bulgarian with summary in French).

Vagalinski, L. (1994): Zur Frage der ethnischen Herkunft der spaeten Strahlenfibeln (Finger- oder Buegelfibeln) aus dem Donau-Karpaten Becken (M. 6. - 7. Jh.). – Zeitschrift fuer Archaeologie (Berlin) 28, Heft 2, 261-305.

Vagalinski, L. (1994). Données numismatiques pour des competitions sportives en Thrace romaine. – Archeologiya (Sofia) XXXVI, 3-4, 6-18 (in Bulgarian with summary in French).

Vagalinski, L. (1993). Strigiles de l’époque romaine sur le territoire de la Bulgarie contemporaine. – Archeologiya (Sofia) XXXV, 2, 22-35 (in Bulgarian with summary in French).

Vagalinski, L. (1992). Sur la destination fonctionnelle des statuettes en bronze de gladiateurs. – Annuaire du Musee National Archeologique Bulgare VIII, 181-188 (in Bulgarian with summary in French).

Vagalinski, L. (1991). Nouveau témoignage sculptural concernant les jeux de gladiateurs à Philippopoli. – Arheologiya (Sofia) XXXIII, 2, 36-38 (in Bulgarian with summary in French). 

Vagalinski, L. (1991). Concernant l’appartenance sociale des gladiateurs en Thrace. – Arheologiya (Sofia) XXXIII, 1, 28-32 (in Bulgarian with summary in French).  

Vagalinski, L. (forthcoming). On inscription of a xystarchos in Roman Philippopolis (IGBulg III, 1961, No 893). – Acta Musei Varnaensis. Studia in honorem annorum LX Alexandri Minchev.

Papers in symposia

Vagalinski, L. (2011). A New Late La Téne Pottery Kiln with a Bread Oven on the Lower Danube (Northern Bulgaria). – In: Guštin, M. / Jevtič, M. (eds.). The Eastern Celts. The Communities between the Alps and the Black Sea. Koper / Beograd. 219-226.

Vagalinski, L. (2011). Late Antique Barbarian Wheelmade Pottery South of the Lower Danube”. – In: Bemmann, J./ Hegewisch, M. / Meyer, M. / Schmauder, M. (Hrsg.). Drehscheibentoepferei im Barbaricum. Technologietransfer und Professionalisierung eines Handwerks am Rande des roemischen Reichs. Akten der Internationalen Tagung in Bonn vom 11. 14. Juni 2009 (= Bonner Beiträge zur Vor- und Frühgeschichtlichen Archäologie Band 13). Bonn. 485-489.

Vagalinski, L. (2010). Eine seltene gleicharmige Bügelknopffibel aus Nordostbulgarien. – In: Studia Archaeologica Universitatis Serdicensis Suppl. V. Stephanos Archaeologicos in honorem Professoris Stephcae Angelova. Sofia. 405-408.

Vagalinski, L. (2009). Epigraphical Data about Organizers of Gladiatorial Games in Roman Thrace. –  In: Petrunova, B. / Aladzhov, A. / Vasileva, E. (eds.). LAURA. In honorem Margaritae Vaklinova. Vol. І. Sofia. 33-44 (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (2008). Barbarian Presence at Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium (SE BG). – In: Niezabitowska-Wiśniewska, B./Juścinski, M./Łuczkiewicz, P./Sadowski, S. (eds.). THE TURBULENT EPOCH. New materials from the Late Roman Period and the Migration Period. Vol. I. (= Monumenta Studia Gothica v. V.). Lublin. 345-353.

Vagalinski, L. (2008). Late Roman Intaglio from Transmarisca. – In: Gencheva, E. (ed.). Southeastern Europe in the Antiquity (6th C BC – early 7th C AD). Studia in honorem Alexandrae Dimitrova-Milcheva. Veliko Tarnovo. 492-495.

Vagalinski, L. (2007). Celtic Pottery in Northern Bulgaria. In: Vagalinski, L. (ed.). The Lower Danube in Antiquity (VI C BC – VI C AD). International archaeological conference, Tutrakan 6.-7.10.2005. Sofia. 73-82.

Vagalinski, L./ Petkov, E. (2006). New Data on Fortifications of Late Antiquity Transmarisca (Tutrakan). – In: Vasić, M. (ed.). Felix Romuliana. 50 years of archaeological excavations. Papers from the international conference, Zaječar, 27th-29th October 2003. Belgrade. 105-109.

Vagalinski, L. (2006). Once Again on the Gravestone of Gladiator Victor Skeuvas (IGBulg III, 1961, # 1019). – In: Milcheva, A. / Katsarova, V. (eds.). 2075 years from the Revolt of Spartacus. Thracian-Roman Heritage. 2000 years Christianity. Symposium, 01.-04.10.2002, Sandanski. Veliko Tarnovo. 53-56. (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (2005). Late Iron Painted Pottery in Northern Bulgaria. – In: Kitov, G./Dimitrova, D. (eds.). Land of Bulgaria – Cradle of Thracian Culture. National conference in Veliko Tarnovo, 03.-06.06.2003. Vol. ІІ. Sofia. 205-207. (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (2005). Late Antiquity Burnished Pottery and Barbarian Presence South of the Lower Danube (Bulgaria). In: Mirković, M. (Hrsg.). Römische Städte und Festungen an der Donau. Akten der regionalen Konferenz. Belgrad, 16.-19. Oktober 2003. Belgrad. 249-253.

Vagalinski, L. (2003). Notes on the Gravestone of Athlete in Roman Odessos (IGBulg I 1970, #147bis). In: Popkonstantinov, K. (ed.). Symposium in honour of the 100th anniversary of Prof. Veselin Beshevliev. Sofia. 113-117. (in Bulgarian).

Vagalinski, L. (2003). On the so called “Slavic” Finger Fibulae in Carpathian-Danubian Basin (2nd half of VI – VII C AD). – In: Angelova, S. (ed.). Studia Archaeologica (Sofia University). Supplementum I. 336-383 (in Bulgarian).

Vagalinski, L. (2002). Strigils’ Holders in Roman Thrace. – Studia Archaeologica (Sofia University). Supplementum II. 130-135. (in Bulgarian with summary in English).

Vagalinski, L. (2002). Arenas of Roman Thrace. In: Slokoska, L. et al. (eds.). The Roman and Late Roman City. The International Conference (Veliko Turnovo 26-30 July 2000). Sofia. 279-289.

Vagalinski, L. (2001). Die Ephebie in den westlichen Schwarzmeerstaedten (3. Jh. v. Chr. – 3. Jh. n. Chr.). In: Wendel, M. (Hrsg.). Karasura. Untersuchungen zur Geschichte und Kultur des alten Thrakien 1: 15 Jahre Ausgrabungen in Karasura (= Schriften des Zentrums fuer Archaeologie und Kulturgeschichte des Schwarzmeerraumes Bd. 1). Weissbach. 247-255.

Vagalinski, L. (2000). Amphitheater of Marcianopolis. In: Jubilaeus III (in memorium Prof. Borisi Gerov). Sofia. 54-59.

Vagalinski. L. (1999). Die spaetroemische Nordfestungsmauer von Transmarisca. – In: von Buelow, G., Milceva, A. (eds.). Acta der internazionalen Konferenz "Der roemische Limes an der unteren Donau von Diokletian bis Heraklios" (Svistov-BG, September 1998). Sofia. 229-236.

Vagalinski, L. (1999): Spaetroemische und voelkerwanderungszeitliche Drehscheibenkeramik mit eingeglaetteter Verzierung suedlich der unteren Donau (Bulgarien). In: Gomolka-Fuchs, Gudrun (Hrsg.). Die Sîntana de Mureş-Černjachov-Kultur. Akten des Internationalen Kolloquiums in Caputh vom 20. bis 24. Oktober 1995. Bonn. 155-178.

Vagalinski, L. (1995): Roman Bronze Strigils and Rings for Them from Thrace (1st-3rd c. AD). In: Acta of the 12th International Congress on Ancient Bronzes at Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 1992. 435-443.

Vagalinski, L. (1995). Stone Weights from Transmarisca (Tutrakan). – In: Kuzmanova, A. / Boichev, P. (eds.). Tutrakan in History of Dobrudzha. Tutrakan. 67-75 (in Bulgarian).

with V. Dinchev (1995). Archaeological map of Tutrakan Municipality. – In: Kuzmanova, A. / Boichev, P. (eds.). Tutrakan in History of Dobrudzha. Tutrakan. 12-48 (in Bulgarian).

Vagalinski, L. (forthcoming). Barbarian Settlers During late Antiquity in SE Thrace (according to archaeological data). In: Kostova, K. (ed.). Cultural Continuity in SE Thrace. Archaeological Conference, 26.-27.09.03, Sredets. (in Bulgarian).

Vagalinski, L. (forthcoming). Heritage Conservation at Debelt (SE BG). – In: Acta of International symposium “History Surveys of Strandzha Mountain and its Surroundings”, 22-24.05.2006, Kırklareli, Turkey.

Vagalinski, L. (forthcoming). Probleme der Chronologie des spätantiken Kastells Iatrus an der unteren Donau. – In: Der Donaulimes in der Spätantike und im Frühmittelalter. Wissenschaftliche Tagung 15.-17.11.2007, Wien.

Vagalinski, L. (forthcoming). The Problem of War Destruction in Late Antiquity Along the Northern Roman Frontier: The Case of Danube Limes. – In: L. Lavan, A. Sarantis, N. Christie (eds.). Archaeology of War in Late Antiquity. Brill. Leiden, NL.

Reviews

Vagalinski, L. (2006). Mircea Negru: The Native Pottery of Roman Dacia. BAR International Series 1097. Oxford 2003. 112 pp. incl. 26 figs. and 25 Pls. – Ancient West & East (Leiden). 5, 1-2, 358-361.

Teaching experience
1992-2005 New Bulgarian University, Sofia: Roman archaeology, Roman history, Archaeology of Late Antiquity, Archaeology of Great Migration Period
1989-1990 St. Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia: prehistory

Editorial boards membership
Since 2004 Editor-in-Chief of the series “Dissertationes” of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
Since 2004 Vice-Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
Since 1997 Editor-in-Chief and publisher of
ARCHAEOLOGIA BULGARICA, the only Bulgarian journal in humanities ranked “B” by the European Reference Index for the Humanities and covered in Scopus

 

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