Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology Releases New Issue of ‘Interdisciplinary Studies’ Magazine

Cover of the 25th issue of “Interdisciplinary Studies" of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology, a body of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Photo: National Institute and Museum of Archaeology

Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia has published a new issue of its “Interdisciplinary Studies" magazine.

The is the 25th issue of “Interdisciplinary Studies", one of the periodicals of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology, a body of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The issue features four papers covering various topics touching upon archaeology, anthropology, metallurgy, and hydrography.

In the first paper, Borislava Galabova and Nadezhda Timeva present the results of an anthropological study of a considerable number of human remains discovered during excavations of a total of thirteen archaeological sites across Bulgaria.

In the second paper, Tzvetana Popova presents the use of various plants in ritual contexts from the Antiquity period, in shrines and necropolises.

In the third paper, Tsoni Tsonev considers three different aspects of the relationship established between social identity and chipped-stone techniques. These aspects are ‘distance’, ‘exotic’, and ‘quality’.

In the fourth paper, Oleg Vitov applies a methodology for creating predictive maps for calculating the chances of occurrence of ore and metallurgical centers. The study covers the period that spans between early Chalcolitic to the Bronze Age.

This approach has been tested in the region of the water-catchment basins of the Struma River and the Mesta River in Southwest Bulgaria.

It analyzes the available data from stream-sediment pan-concentrated surveys. The analysis has established the presence of native copper, cuprite, azurite, malachite, torbernite, chalcopyrite, native lead, pyromorphite, cassiterite.

The online version of the newest issue of the “Interdisciplinary Studies" magazine (in Bulgarian, with English-language summaries) can be downloaded for free here.

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