Bulgarian Archeology 2011 Exhibit Launched in Sofia

Archaeology | February 13, 2012, Monday // 17:03|  views

Antique coins are among the hundreds of items on display from the Bulgarian Archeology 2011 Exhibit. File photo

The fifth edition of the exhibit Bulgarian Archeology 2011 dedicated to the last year archeology season in the country was opened at the National Archeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS.

The exhibit includes the most significant sites and finds from all over the country for 2011.

332 items are on display, coming from a total of 305 researched sites and include all periods – from the early Paleolithic to the late Renaissance.

Some of the most interesting objects include the coin treasure of the Urvich Fortress of Tsar Ivan Alexander and from excavations in Sozopol, the Neolithic treasure near Yabalkovo, Haskovo, the settlement mound "Yunatsite" near Pazardjik, the find in the region of Svishtov with gold ornaments and jewelry and bronze tools, and the gold mining pit "Ada Tepe" near Krumovgrad.

Burial grounds and mounds from the Sliven region, the necropolis from Roman times near Borisovo, Elhovo, exhibits from excavations in downtown Sofia, medieval frescoes of the church "St. Peter and Paul" in Veliko Tarnovo from the first half of 15th century are also presented along with results from the ongoing digs at the ancient Bulgarian capitals of Veliko Tarnovo, Pliska and Preslav.

The archeologists at the press conference for the opening reminded that in 2011 they have studied the 420-km-long route of the future Nabucco gas pipeline where they have found 130 archeological sites from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, and are waiting for financing to continue.

They reiterated complaints of difficulties in their work, created by the Road Infrastructure Agency, pointing out they cannot change the location of the finds, just let the authorities know what sites they have discovered in a certain area.

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