5 minutes Sofia - National Institute of Archaelogy with Museum
The National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century.
Invisible Serdica - National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
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Invisible Serdica - National Institute of Archaeology with Museum - 3D Model HQ
A 3D model of the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum with some schemes (Video with higher quality).
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Sofia Archaeological museum trailer
The making of Antique Serdica
BULGARIA THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
A special film produced by Nu Boyana Film Studios and shown for the first time to the participants in the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Toursim (2016) hosted in Sofia by the Bulgarian government and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Director: Lyubomir Pechev
Producer: Yariv Lerner
Writer: Ivaylo Grancharov
DOP: Georgi Georgiev
Camera Crew: Nikolay Petrov, Nikolay Kotev, Samuel Cig
Drone: Stefan Sarmabozhov
Lighting: Alexandar Trenev, Anton Ivanov
Costume Designer: Djanina Baykoucheva
Editing: Mira Stoilova
Sound Mixer: Harry Borissov
Production Assistants: Alexander Yaneff, Dimitar Dereliev
Production Manager: Vanina Gerova
Thrax: Krasimir Simeonov
Meda: Yanitsa Mratsenkova
Narrator: Luke Cousins
Special Thanks to:
Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
Municipality of Kardzhali
Municipality of Momchilgrad
National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, BAS
National Museum of History
Museum of History Iskra - Kazanlak
Regional Historical Museum - Shumen
Historical and Archaeological Reserve Madara
Sboryanovo Historical and Archaeological Reserve
Perperikon Archaeological Complex
Tatul Cult Complex
Archaeologists battle to preserve Bulgaria's cultural heritage
(23 Oct 2012)
Lom - 5 October 2012
1. Close of sculpture from the ancient Roman settlement of Ratsiaria, in Lom Museum
2. Various of sculptures on display in the Lom Museum
3. Exterior of Museum
Ratsiaria, near Archar village, 05 October 2012
4. Pan across the site of the ancient Roman settlement of Ratsiaria
5. Pull out from close of ancient rubble to wide of Professor Krasimira Luka on site
6. Mid of Luka viewing site
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Krasimira Luka, Archaeologist:
Sometimes, some happy people and persons (meaning lucky people) succeed to find something pretty precious. Last year we had such a case: three locals found a coin which they sell for 3,000 leva (2,000 US dollars), that means 1,000 leva (670 US dollars) for each person and afterwards here in the village the people understood that the same coin was sold in Germany for one and a half million euros (1.95 million US dollars).
Sofia, 14 October 2012
8. Various of display of bronze coins, part of 2376 coins, ranging from the reign of Diocletian in the late third century AD to the reign of Constantine in the early fourth century AD, at the Bulgarian History Museum
9. SOUNDBITE (Bulgarian) Bozhidar Dimitrov, Director, Bulgaria's National History Museum:
This (the seizing and return to museum of archaeological artifacts) happens too often, which shows the dimensions of treasure-hunting phenomena in Bulgaria and illegal export of Bulgarian cultural treasures.
10. Close-up of older artifacts returned to the museum - five axe-heads - from the late era (mid- to late second millennium BC).
Ratsiaria, 05 October 2012
11. Wide exterior of abandoned house built on archaeological site
12. Various interiors of abandoned house showing damage and evidence of digging
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Krasimira Luka, Archaeologist:
So that's a private house sold to the looters because at the site of the house they keep themselves safe and they can dig without being seen by the police. And also the other reason that only down the house there are some layers preserved from all over the site. That means all area around is dug already and they can't find many things but down the house there are a lot of artefacts and that's why they dig down.
Archar village, 05 October 2012
14. Pull out from seated residents to wide of ancient carved rocks
15. Close of carving detail
16. Mid of ancient roman tombstones in Archar museum
17. Professor Rumen Ivanov reading aloud inscription on tombstone
18. Close of tombstone
19. SOUNDBITE (Bulgarian) Rumen Ivanov, Roman History professor at the National Institute of Archaeology:
What we know is that there are around 100 tombstones and such monuments in museums in Sofia, Vidin and Lom but what we don't know exactly is how many more such relics were smuggled out of the country and are now in Italy, Munich or Vienna.
20. Pan across tombstones in room
Vidin, 05 October 2012
21 Wide of District Governor Tsvetan Asenov in his office
22. Cutaway of lion sculpture and Bulgarian flag on desk
23. SOUNDBITE (Bulgarian) Tsvetan Asenov, District Governor:
Preserving the archaeological site at Ratsiaria and opening it up for tourists was one of my priorities, but this is not easy in times of crisis.
24. Asenov in his office
25. Close cutaway of Lions club flag
Located on the crossroads of many ancient civilisations, Bulgaria comes a close second to Italy and Greece for the sheer numbers of antiquities on its soil.
But neglect and theft over the years has led to the destruction and loss of priceless artefacts, wiping out part of the country's cultural heritage as well as much needed revenue from tourism.
Coins found by looters are sold to people who smuggle them abroad.
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5 minutes Sofia - National History Museum
The National Historical Museum in Sofia is Bulgaria's largest museum. It was founded on 5 May 1973. A new representative exhibition was opened in the building of the Court of Justice on 2 March 1984, to commemorate the 13th centenary of the Bulgarian state.
BULGARIA - SOFIA (NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY)
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National Art Gallery @ Ethnographic Museum. Sofia, Bulgaria
SOFIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM 2017
Top 10 Things To Do In Sofia
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Top 10 Things To Do In Sofia, Bulgaria:
1. Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski
2. Vitosha Mountain
3. Ivan Vazov National Theater
4. Saint Nikolas Russian Church (Tsurkva Sveta Nikolai)
5. Saint Nedelja Church
6. National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
7. National Museum of Military History
8. Saint Sofia Church
9. Boyana Waterfall
10. The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi)
10 Remarkable Finds From Bulgarian Archaeology | list 10
10 Remarkable Finds From Bulgarian Archaeology | list 10
The splendor of Bulgarian archaeology is often forgotten in favor of ancient Egypt and Greece. Yet this eastern Balkan country’s history spans thousands of years, and several powerful civilizations once called it home.
Today, Bulgarian soil is rich with their ruins and treasures. Some artifacts have been found nowhere else. Even the depths of Bulgaria’s Black Sea and islands are filled with unusual finds.
► Oldest Multiple-Page Book
► The Baptist Bones
► The Kazanlak Treasure
► Europe’s Oldest Town
► Two-Millennia-Old Ship
► A Roman Bath House
► The Golden Mask
► Mystery Arrow
► A Chariot With Horses
► Bulgaria’s Last Aurochs
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Prehistoric drilling and bead manufacturing: Experimental approach and cognitive insight
Two categories of early Neolithic objects are recognized on the Balkans as having been involved in prehistoric drilling activities: beads and other decorative and prestigious items made of bone, shell, pottery and various minerals, and toolkits of flint micro-borers. This paper discusses experiments in drilling different materials undertaken with the aim of testing several practical issues. A series of flint micro-borers were produced and used for manual and mechanical drilling (with a pump drill) of various samples (mainly prepared thin plates) of minerals and rocks, ranging in hardness (on Mohs scale) from 3 (marble, limestone, calcite) to 6.5 (amazonite, nephrite). Biominerals were also used in the experiments: aragonite (shells) and apatite (bones). The initial attempts at bead production involved the manufacture of 16 delicate beads from 5 different materials using fine sand and water abrasion. Though not conclusive, the experimental work is instructive in many of the parameters, procedures and technical details of prehistoric drilling and bead manufacturing. The experience gained has led to a more holistic interpretation of archaeological drilling toolkits, as well as a better appreciation of the particular skills and know-how of the prehistoric jewellery makers.
Author - Dr. Gurova, Maria, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria (Presenting author)
Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone
This paper focuses on the images of four bears found along the top register of the fresco scheme of the first-floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy. To ask why bears appear in this register is to question how bears were viewed in the medieval period. Previous scholars have described these Salone images as representing qualities, such as ‘wicked and hot tempered’. Nevertheless, as my previous research has shown (Gunzburg 2013), these top register images are reflective of the constellations that dictated the seasons and the cycle of the year as seen over Padua c.1309. Thus a more likely candidate is Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This presentation creates four sky maps at midnight, which was relevant for time telling by the sky at this time (Vincent and Chandler 1969: 375-376). The sky maps are created for Padua specifically for when the sun ingressed into the zodiac signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. They reveal the changing rotational pattern of Ursa Major from ‘hibernation’ to descent. These sky maps are then connected with the position of the bears in the Salone fresco scheme. This concept of the constellation of the Great Bear Ursa Major in its four positions as seasonal markers in the sky sits within the philosophy of time telling by the stars (Hannah 2009:14). Finally, this paper argues that these older time-telling strategies (Reeves 1916: 441; McCluskey 1990: 14; McCluskey 1998: 111) not only had practical applicability but that such knowledge-practice continued across cultures and time. Their appearance on the walls of the Salone in the ‘elite’ visual language of this fourteenth-century Paduan fresco offers evidence for that practice continuing into the late medieval era.
Frank, R.M. ‘Hunting the European sky bears: When bears ruled the earth and guarded the gate of heaven.’ In Astronomical Traditions in Past Cultures, edited by V. Koleva and D. Kolev. 116-142. Sofia: Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, 1996.
Gibbon, William B. ‘Asiatic Parallels in North American Star Lore: Ursa Major.’ The Journal of American Folklore 77, no. 305 (1964): 236-250.
Gunzburg, Darrelyn. ‘Giotto's Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 (2013): 407-433.
Hannah, Robert. Time in Antiquity. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009.
McCluskey, Stephen C. ‘Gregory of Tours, Monastic Timekeeping, and Early Christian Attitudes to Astronomy.’ Isis 81, no. 1 (1990).
McCluskey, Stephen C. Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Reeves, E. A. ‘Night Marching by Stars.’ The Geographical Journal 47, no. 6 (1916): 440-455.
Vincent, Clare, and Bruce Chandler. ‘Nighttime and Easter Time: The Rotations of the Sun, the Moon, and the Little Bear in Renaissance Time Reckoning.’ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, no. 8 (1969): 372-384.
Darrelyn Gunzburg, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Knyaz-Borissova gradina ENG
Borisova gradina or Knyaz-Borissova gradina is the oldest and best known park in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Its construction and arrangement began in 1884 and it is named after Bulgarian Tsar Boris III.
The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem - P1/2
-- The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: Exploring Ancient Cultures, Sharing a Peaceful Future - P1/2. Episode: 1578, Air Date: 9 January 2011
ILLEGAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES /CBC TV
Azerbaijani archaeologists are concerned over the illegal archaeological excavations carried out by the Armenians in ancient period caves located in Azikh, Taghlar and Shusha areas and armenisation of the findings. Leading researcher at the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan Azad Zeynalov says that there are facts about the involvement in the excavations of specialists from England, Spain and Ireland.
The exhibition Archaeological Heritage of Azerbaijan was held in Sofia (Bulgaria)
AMEA-nın vitse-prezidenti, Nizami Gəncəvi adına Ədəbiyyat İnstitutunun direktoru, akademik İsa Həbibbəylinin rəhbərliyi etdiyi nümayəndə heyəti Bolqarıstanda səfərdə olub.
Səfər çərçivəsində Bolqarıstan Elmlər Akademiyasının (BEA) Eksperimental Morfologiya, Patologiya və Antropologiya, Ədəbiyyat və Milli Arxeologiya institutlarında görüşlər keçirilib, AMEA-nın Ədəbiyyat İnstitutu ilə BEA-nın Ədəbiyyat İnstitutu, AMEA-nın Arxeologiya və Etnoqrafiya İnstitutu ilə BEA-nın Milli Arxeologiya İnstitutu arasında əməkdaşlıq haqqında sazişlər imzalanıb və əməkdaşlığın perspektivləri müzakirə olunub.
Archeological museum Varna presented by What's Up Bulgaria
The Archeological museum in Varna
1. Would you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Igor Nazarenko and I am head of department archeology of the Archeological museum in Varna.
I'm an archaeologist by profession and I work here since 1998 year.
2. When the museum was founded?
The history of the museum starts at 19th century, when is established Archaeological Society of Varna in 1877 year.
The first collection of the museum was opened in 1888 year with a decision of the municipal council of Varna.
And the first museum collection in this building was shown in 1895 year. Actually, the museum is housed in former Girl's School,
which is the biggest Middle School of the Balkan Peninsula, which is built in the end of 19th century, from 1892 to 1898 year.
The museum is housed in this building since 1983 year.
3. What makes The Archeological museum in Varna unique?
It has the largest museum area in Bulgaria. It shows collections from different eras ranging from the Mesolithic through the end of 19th century.
Part of the exhibits aren't a subject of archeology but modern history and ethnography. This what most attracts tourists in our museum is
the famous Open Necropolis of Varna, where was found and processed the oldest gold in the world. There are a few more fields in the area like this, but here is been housed the largest collection of fields like this,
in Necropolis, which is uncovered in Varna.
4. Which find is the most popular, most interesting and has the widest audience?
This is the Necropolis. It attracts most tourists and specialists, because the people have been always attracted by shiny things.
Some of them comes only to see the oldest processed gold.
5. From which age groups the museum is visited?
It depends of the season. In the summer we have a large attendance of tourist groups, which are of different ages - families with children.
In the winter mainly coming students, after September 15 to early July when the school year ends.
Then the museum is visited by authorized school groups and pensioner's cruises which are moving on the Danube.
This period also is with preferential prices for tourist trips - most people who are aged and have smaller incomes like southwest Europe who anteriorly visit Varna during this period are our visitors.
We meet people who come in town.
6. From which historical period are most finds in the museum?
There are finds from different periods ranging from Mesolithic through to 19th century, but this what we are exhibited shows prehistory, antiques from roman era (1st do 7th century) and the history of medieval Varna,
because here began the foundation of the Bulgarian State. The coming of Asparuh according to the written sources is exactly in the outskirts of Varna so-called Odessos
and here ends the medieval history of Bulgaria with the defeat of the campaigns of Vladislv Varnenchik The Third, who makes the last attempts for restoration of bulgarian independence. The medieval history of Bulgaria begin and ends in Varna.
7. Considering all these findings, can we judge when was the prime of Varna?
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