This 2014 photo shows the excavations of the Ancient Thracian rock niche sanctuary near Krasen, General Toshevo Municipality. The site was discovered for science only in 2014 after local residents alerted the museum authorities. Photo: General Toshevo Municipality
A special expedition of archaeologists from several institutions has set out to explore the archaeologicalheritage of one of Bulgaria’s most remote municipalities, General Toshevo Municipality, located in the very northeast of the country along the land border with Romania.
The main goal of the archaeologists is to discover new archaeologicalsites and to inspect the condition of the already known archaeological monuments.
The northeastern-most areas of Bulgaria along the land border with Romania still remain relatively unexplored, and many of the known archaeological sites there have not been excavated. Unfortunately, however, many of the unexploredsites have been targeted and destroyed by treasurehunters.
For example, in 2014 archaeologists from the Regional Museums of History in Dobrich and Varnaexcavated the only known AncientThracian rocknichesanctuary in this part of Bulgaria, the so called Dobrudzharegion.
The Ancient Thracian rock niche sanctuary is located near the town of Krasen, General Toshevo Municipality, and was found in the spring of 2014 after local residents alerted the Dobrich Museum about the site.
The archaeologicalexpedition in the Municipality of General Toshevo will be supported by the scientific consultant of the explorations who is in charge of the drafting of an archaeological map of Northern Bulgaria.
Representatives of the municipal authorities, the Interior Ministry, Border Police, and landowners and entrepreneurs are also expected to be involved in a bid to initiate a broad awareness and consensus for the protection of the culturalheritage of the Municipality of General Toshevo.
The exploration of unknown and known archaeological sites during the expedition will be used to decide which sites will be excavated in the future depending on the available funding, and which might be rehabilitated and restored as part of cultural tourism projects.
The Museum of History in the town of General Toshevo, in the very northeast of Bulgaria near the land border with Romania. Photo: General Toshevo Museum of History