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Bull-headed bowl (detail) from the golden treasure of Nagyszentmiklós. Gold. Early Middle Ages, 7th-9th c. (second half of the 8th c.?). Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. © Photo: KHM-Museumsverband, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Pendant shaped as a ship rudder. Gold. Early 8th c. MA Radnevo. © Photo: Krasimir Georgiev (NAIM-BAS).
08.06.2017
The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Archaeology of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski jointly organize an international doctoral student conference. It will take place in Sof
29.05.2017
New volume of the Archaeological discoveries and excavations in 2016 series of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian... More...
17.05.2017
The new volume 13 of the "Annual of the National Archaeological Museum" published by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at BAS... More...
The National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century. NAIM-BAS is a national center and coordinator of all field research in Bulgaria and exercises scholarly and methodological control on it. The Museum of Archaeology hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal it as one of the most important centers in the country for promotion of the cultural heritage of present day Bulgaria. Its academic and museum potential turns NAIM-BAS into the biggest research archaeological unit in southeast Europe. NAIM-BAS was established in 1949 as a follower and successor of the Department of Valuables - part of the Library established in Sofia in 1878-1879 and reformed into a National Museum in 1892 - and the Bulgarian Institute of Archaeology (1921), which was the first academic institute in Bulgaria.

With view to the specific features of its subject matters, NAIM-BAS consists of the following structural units: five chronological and subject departments (Department of Prehistoric Archaeology, Department of Thracian Archaeology, Department of Classic Archaeology, Department of Medieval Archaeology, Department of Numismatics and Epigraphy), a Problematic Group (Department for Interdisciplinary Research), two Branches for excavations at the Old Bulgarian capitals (in Shumen and Veliko Tarnovo) and a Museum of Archaeology. The structure of the Museum of Archaeology was changed in 2003 in order to improve its efficacy: two departments – Exhibitions and Depositories – were set up. The research, administrative, economic and financial issues at NAIM-BAS are serviced by several service units (Editorial Group, Archives, Accountant’s Office, Secretariat). Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, Associate Professor, is Director of the NAIM-BAS, Dr. Hristo Popov, Associate Professor, and Dr. Maria Reho, Associate Professor, are Vice-Directors, and Dr. Andrey Aladzhov, Chief Assisstant, is acting Scientific Secretary.