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Images of athletes in a relief frieze decorating a marble plate with a list of epheboi. 26 January 221 AD Odessos (present-day Varna). RMH Varna
Images of athletes in a relief frieze decorating a marble plate with a list of epheboi. 26 January 221 AD Odessos (present-day Varna). RMH Varna
Gold signet ring with the image of an athlete at rest. Late 5th c. BC. Svetitsa Tumulus near the town of Shipka, Stara Zagora region. NAIM-BAS
Gold signet ring with the image of an athlete at rest. Late 5th c. BC. Svetitsa Tumulus near the town of Shipka, Stara Zagora region. NAIM-BAS
Red-figure krater with the image of the goddess Nike awarding the prize to a winner of a contest. Second quarter of the 4th c. BC. Odessos (present-day Varna). RMH Varna
Red-figure krater with the image of the goddess Nike awarding the prize to a winner of a contest. Second quarter of the 4th c. BC. Odessos (present-day Varna). RMH Varna
Marble head of an athlete. 2nd-3rd c. AD. Almus (present-day Lom). MH Lom
Marble head of an athlete. 2nd-3rd c. AD. Almus (present-day Lom). MH Lom
08.08.2018
National Archaeological Institute with Museum (Bulgarian Academy of Science) in collaboration with “Mieczysław Domaradzki” Archaeological Museum, Septemvri organise international symposium under the general heading: “Between the Aeg
09.07.2018
The book presents a catalogue of the temporary exhibition “Sport in ancient Thrace” organized by the National Archaeological Institute... More...
30.05.2018
New volume of the Archaeological discoveries and excavations in 2017 series of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum has been released.... 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.