National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia Publishes Catalog of ‘Bulgarian Archaeology’ 2015 Exhibit

National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia Publishes Catalog of ‘Bulgarian Archaeology’ 2015 Exhibit

The front cover of the special catalog for the Bulgarian Archaeology 2015 exhibition of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia. Photo: National Institute and Museum of Archaeology

The front cover of the special catalog for the Bulgarian Archaeology 2015 exhibition of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia. Photo: National Institute and Museum of Archaeology

Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology has publish the official catalog of its 9th annual exhibition entitled “Bulgarian Archaeology" which presents the results from the last archaeological season.

The catalog includes the most intriguing newly discovered artifacts from the archaeological excavations all over Bulgaria in 2015.

The cover of the catalog features the newly discovered Ancient Roman silver coin treasure from the 2nd-3rd century AD from ancient Serdica found in the very downtown of Sofia.

The Bulgarian Archaeology 2015 exhibition was formally unveiled on February 11, 2016, 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.

A total of 15 museums of history and archaeology from 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.

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;
  • The Solnitsata (i.e. “The Salt Pit") prehistoric settlement, which has been dubbedEurope’s oldest prehistoric town", located near the northeastern Bulgarian town of Provadiya;
  • The Ancient Greek Black Sea colony Apollonia Pontica, today’s Sozopol;
  • The Ancient Roman city of Serdica, the predecessor of today’s Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria;
  • The Ancient Roman colony of Deultum near Debelt and Burgas on the Black Sea coast.
  • The ancient and medieval rock city of Perperikon (Perperik) in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Southern Bulgaria.

Examples of the newly found archaeological sites which have been discovered recently during infrastructure construction projects include:

  • The Early Neolithic settlement in Mursalevo, Kyustendil District, along the route of the Struma Highway in Southwest Bulgaria;
  • The Late Bronze Age settlement and Late Antiquity necropolis during the construction of the Northern Tangent of the Sofia Ring Road;
  • The Ancient Roman villa at the town of Dragovishtitsa, Kostinbrod Municipality, near Sofia;
  • The late medieval necropolis on the Western Arc of the Sofia Ring Road.

Some of the most intriguing artifacts to be displayed in the 2015 Bulgarian Archaeology exhibit include: