1st Century BC Traces of Earliest Roman Presence in Bulgaria on Danube Discovered Halfway between Major Antiquity Cities Bononia (Vidin) and Ratiaria (Archar)
A vast archaeological site, which was an Ancient Roman settlement with traces from the earliest Roman presence in today’s Bulgaria in the 1st century BC and was located halfway between the large Roman Empire cities of Bononia (today’s Vidin) and…
3,000-Year-Old Bird-Shaped Vessel Placed in Burial Urn Found in Bulgaria’s Baley in Crucial Thracian Bronze Age Necropolis
Archaeologists have discovered 15 new graves from the 2nd millennium BC, the Middle Bronze Age and the Late Bronze Age, near the town of Baley on the Danube, Vidin District, in Northwest Bulgaria, in a necropolis from the earliest Ancient…
32 of Bulgaria’s Roman Frontier Danube Sites to Bid for UNESCO World Heritage Status in Joint Endeavor with Romania, Serbia, Croatia
A total of 32 Ancient Roman sites in Bulgaria – including fortresses, settlements, road stations and production facilities – are included in a joint project with neighboring countries Romania, Serbia, and Croatia to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status as…
Archaeologists Discover Western Gate of Ancient Roman, Byzantine Fortress Bononia in Bulgaria’s Danube City Vidin
The massive western fortress gate and seemingly the main entrance of the Ancient Roman and Early Byzantine city of Bononia has been discovered by archaeologists in the city of Vidin in Northwest Bulgaria, on the Danube River.
Ottoman Gunpowder Magazine Restored near Baba Vida Fortress in Bulgaria’s Danube City Vidin
A late medieval gunpowder magazine (storehouse) located near the medieval Bulgarian fortress Baba Vida in the Danube city of Vidin has been fully restored by the local authorities.
Decagonal Roman Fortress Tower from Ancient Bononia Unearthed in Bulgaria’s Danube City Vidin
The ruins of a decagonal fortress tower from the Ancient Roman city of Bononia – said to be the largest Roman fortress on the Lower Danube – have been uncovered by archaeologists in the city of Vidin in Northwest Bulgaria.
Official Catalog of 2017 Bulgarian Archaeology Exhibition Released by Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology
Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia has released the official print catalog for 11th annual “Bulgarian Archaeology” exhibition which has showcased for the first time some of the most intriguing artifacts discovered across the country during the…
2017 ‘Bulgarian Archaeology’ Exhibition Opened at Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia
Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia has opened formally its 11th annual “Bulgarian Archaeology” exhibition which showcases for the first time some of the most intriguing artifacts discovered across the country during the 2017 archaeological season.
Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology to Showcase Top Finds from 2017 in Major Annual Exhibition
Bulgaria’s National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia is set to open in February its 11th annual “Bulgarian Archaeology” exhibition which is to showcase some of the most exciting items discovered during the 2017 archaeological season.
Archaeologists Surprisingly Find Western Fortress Wall of Roman Colony Ratiaria in Northwest Bulgaria Has Survived Treasure Hunters’ Bulldozers
Archaeologists excavating the Ancient Roman city of Ratiaria in Northwest Bulgaria, which has been brutally looted and destroyed by treasure hunters in the 1990s and 2000s, have surprisingly discovered that the Roman colony’s western fortress wall has survived almost intact…
3,400-Year-Old Encrusted Ceramics Discovered in Bronze Age Necropolis at Bulgaria’s Danube Town of Baley
A large number of uniquely decorated ceramic vessels from ca 1400 BC have been described during archaeological excavations in the necropolis of a Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age settlement near the Danube town of Baley, Vidin District, in…
Bulgaria’s Best Preserved Medieval Castle, Baba Vida Fortress, to Be Managed by Vidin Municipality
Bulgaria’s Cabinet has granted the northwestern Danube city of Vidin 10-year management rights for the Baba Vida Fortress, the country’s best preserved medieval castle which was built on the spot of a large Ancient Roman fortress.
Bulgarian Archaeologists Seek to Restore 1980s Research Cooperation with Italy in Bid to Save Looted Ancient Roman City Ratiaria
The Ancient Roman city of Ratiaria in Northwest Bulgaria, which has been brutally looted and destroyed by treasure hunters over the past 25 years, could still be rescued, and a renewed research cooperation with Italy, which existed back in the…
Archaeologists Discover Italian Red Pottery, First Doric Capital in Looted Ancient Roman City Ratiaria in Northwest Bulgaria
Red pottery (terra sigillata) imported from the Italian Peninsula and for the first time a Doric capital have been discovered by archaeologists during the brief and underfunded 2016 excavations of the Ancient Roman city of Ratiaria in Northwest Bulgaria, an…
Authorities Seek to Reassure Archaeologists of Policing of Utterly Looted Ancient Roman City Ratiaria
Local authorities and the police in the Vidin District in Northwest Bulgaria have sought to reassure of their policing efforts the archaeologists working on the excavation of the huge Ancient Roman city of Ratiaria, an archaeological site which has been…
Bulgaria Presents in Paris Prehistoric Drawings from Magura Cave with Photo Exhibit
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris, France, has opened a photo exhibition on the prehistoric paintings in the Magura Cave located near the town of Rabisha, Belogradchik Municipality, in Northwest Bulgaria.
EUR 2.5 Million Needed to Restore Bulgaria’s Best Preserved Medieval Castle – Baba Vida Fortress in Vidin
Over BGN 5 million (app. EUR 2.5 million) are needed for the restoration of the Baba Vida Fortress in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Vidin, which is the only fully preserved castle from the period of the medieval Bulgarian Empire.
Bulgaria’s Dimovo to Finally Build Open-air Museum of Ratiaria – Huge Ancient Roman Danube Colony Obliterated by Looters
The Town Council of Dimovo Municipality on the Danube in Northwest Bulgaria has voted to establish an open-air museum at the Ancient Roman colony Ratiaria, a huge Roman arsenal city which has been brutally destroyed by treasure hunters over the…
2 Treasure Hunters Arrested While Destroying Ancient Roman City Ratiaria near Bulgaria’s Archar
Two treasure hunters have been arrested in the latest reported encroachment against the ruins of the once glorious Ancient Roman colony Ratiaria (Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria) located on the right bank of the Danube near the town of Archar in…
Bulgaria’s Best Preserved Medieval Castle, Baba Vida Fortress in Danube City Vidin, Left without Maintenance Funding
The Baba Vida Castle in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Vidin, which is the best preserved fortress from the period of the medieval Bulgarian Empire, has been left without maintenance funding for the past six months, a local archaeologist has alarmed.
Vicious Treasure Hunters Shatter Newly Excavated Ruins of Ancient Roman City Ratiaria Defying Archaeologists
The newly discovered archaeological structures in the Ancient Roman city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria located on the Danube, near the town of Archar in Northwest Bulgaria, have been viciously destroyed by treasure hunters apparently seeking to defy the hard…
Bulgaria Enlists Spanish Experts on Prehistoric Art from Altamira Museum to Assess Condition of Magura Cave Paintings
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture has enlisted the help of leading Spanish experts on prehistoric art for assessing the condition of the Late Paleolithic and Neolithic paintings in the Magura Cave near the town of Rabisha, Belogradchik Municipality, in Northwest Bulgaria.
Archaeologists Discover 10 Graves in Necropolis of Bronze Age Danube River Culture near Bulgaria’s Baley
A total of 10 graves from the necropolis of a Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age settlement located near the town of Baley, Vidin District, in Northwest Bulgaria, have been discovered and explored during the 2015 excavations of the…
Construction Worker Stumbles Upon 10-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils near Bulgaria’s Vidin
A construction worker has found fossils of what has been described as a “whale-like mammal” during work on a new dumping site for household waste near the northwestern Bulgarian city of Vidin.
Bulgaria’s Culture Ministry Gives Zero Funding for Excavation of Roman Fortress Bononia in Vidin
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture has allocated no government funding whatsoever for the supposed continuation of the archaeological excavations of the Ancient Roman fortress Bononia in the northwestern Danube city of Vidin.
Bulgarian Archaeologist Discouraged over Meager Funding for Excavations of Looted Ancient Roman City Ratiaria
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture has allocated only BGN 12,000 (app. EUR 6,100) for the 2015 summer archaeological excavations of the Ancient Roman Danube city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria, which is located near today’s town of Archar in Northwest Bulgaria.
Ancient Roman City Ratiaria in Bulgaria’s Archar Assaulted by Brutal Treasure Hunters Yet Again
The Ancient Roman arsenal city of Ratiaria, also known as Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria, which is located near the northwestern Bulgarian town of Archar on the Danube River, has suffered brand new major damages from looting treasure hunters.
Bulgaria’s Archaeological Excavations Underfunded by Culture Ministry, Archaeologist Says
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture will provide only BGN 500,000 (app. EUR 255,000) for the numerous archaeological excavations throughout the country in 2015, archaeologists Olya Milanova from the Regional Museum of History in the northwestern city of Vidin, has pointed out.