Assoc. Prof. Lyudmil Vagalinski (center) at the opening of the “Bulgarian Archaeology” 2015 exhibition together with fellow archaeologists: Boni Petrunova, Deputy Minister of Culture (second on the left), and Todor Chobanov, Sofia Deputy Mayor (first on the left). Photo: National Institute and Museum of Archaeology
Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology has opened its 9th annual exhibition entitled “Bulgarian Archaeology" which presents the results from the last archaeological season, including the most intriguing newly discovered artifacts.
The Bulgarian Archaeology 2015 exhibition was formally unveiled on February 11, 2016, (Thursday) at 6 pm in the Temporary Exhibitions Hall of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia. It will be open for visitors until April 10, 2016.
The opening of the exhibition was attended by Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Culture, Assoc. Prof. Boni Petrunova (who is herself an archaeologist from the Institute), Sofia Deputy Mayor Todor Chobanov (also an archaeologist), and high-ranking officials of the Bulgarian Presidency and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, among others.
A total of 15 museums of history and archaeologyfrom all over Bulgaria are participating in the Bulgarian Archaeology 2015 exhibit as co-organizers and contributors.
The exhibition presents over 260 artifacts from 24 archaeological sites belonging to different types and chronology, ranging from the Early Prehistory to the Middle Ages.
The 2015 archaeological excavations of a total of 50 sites all over Bulgaria are presented with posters.
The Museum stresses in a statement that these include both archaeological sites that have been researched for decades, and sites which have just been discovered during infrastructure construction projects, and have warranted rescue excavations.
Examples of the former type of archaeological sites are:
The Paleolithic deposits in the Kozarnika Cave near the town of Belogradchik in Northwest Bulgaria;