Celebrations of May 24, Day of the Bulgarian (Cyrillic) Alphabet and Bulgarian Culture at the Monument of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in front of the National Library in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Photo: TV grab from bTV

Bulgaria and Bulgarians around the world have celebrated on May 24, 2015, the Day of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, i.e. the Day of the Bulgarian Alphabet (more widely known internationally as Cyrillic) and Bulgarian Culture.

The entrance of the Griffins' Tomb, a 5th century AD Ancient Thracian burial mound (tumulus) near Bulgaria's Shipka, Kazanlak Municipality. Photo: Kazanlak Municipality

The municipal authorities in the Central Bulgarian town of Kazanlak have launched a project for the restoration of two Ancient Thracian tumuli (burial mounds) with funding from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants.

A total of 55 Bulgarian intellectuals, including several archaeologists and directors of history and archaeology museums, have been awarded Golden Age 2015 awards by Bulgaria's Ministry of Culture. Photo: Ministry of Culture

Bulgaria’s Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov has awarded several renowned Bulgarian archaeologists, among other intellectuals, for their contribution to the nation’s spiritual development on the occasion of May 24, the Day of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, which is celebrated as the Day of the Bulgarian (Cyrillic) Alphabet and Culture.

The partially restored ruins of the Roman city and military camp of Novae were unveiled in 2014. The restoration was funded mostly with EU money. Photo: Svishtov Municipality

Archaeologists from Bulgaria and Poland are planning to start their annual summer excavations of the Ancient Roman military camp and fortress Novae near the Danube town of Svishtov in mid July, 2015.

Reenactors presenting Ancient Roman military tactics and costumes during the 2014 Fall edition of the Eagle on the Danube Festival in Bulgaria's Svishtov entitled "The Vines of Novae". Photo: Nelly Petrova, EagleontheDanube.org

Bulgaria’s Danube town of Svishtov is once again in exciting anticipation of the annual Ancient Heritage Festival “Eagle on the Danube”, a major international event designed to promote Antiquity history from the time of Ancient Rome and Ancient Thrace through historical reenactments, archaeological forums, and cultural tourism.

A total of 22 copper adzes from the second half of the 5th millenium BC have been seized from treasure hunters in Bulgaria's Silistra District, and have been made part of the collection of the Silistra Museum of Archaeology. Photo: Versinaj

The Museum of Archaeology in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Silistra has shown to the public for the first time a newly discovered “prehistoric treasure” of 22 copper adzes from the Bronze Age that have been confiscated from local treasure hunters by the police and the courts.

A 4th century AD Roman villa has been discoverd in rescue excavations on the route of the Struma Highway in Bulgaria's Mursalevo. Photo: TV grab from Nova TV

An Ancient Roman villa dating back to the reign of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (r. 306-337 AD) has been discovered by Bulgarian archaeologists during rescue excavations along the projected route of the Struma Highway near the town of Mursalevo, Kocherinovo Municipality, in Southwest Bulgaria.

Unique Early Christian floor mosaics have been re-excavated by Bulgarian archaeologists working on the restoration of the 5th century AD Great Basilica in Plovdiv. Photo: Plovdiv24

Bulgarian archaeologists and restorers have revealed beautiful Early Christian floor mosaics in the 5th century AD Great Basilica whose re-excavation, restoration, and conservation started two weeks ago in the southern city of Plovdiv.

A silver belt of an Ancient Bulgar warrior aristocrat. The exhibit entitled “Aristocrats and Warriors. Silver Belts of the Bulgars, 7th-8th Century” is presented by Bulgaria's National Museum of History. Photo: National Museum of History

Bulgaria’s National Museum of History in Sofia has opened an exhibition showing for the first time weapons, decorations, and treasures of Ancient Bulgar aristocrats and warriors from the early period of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/680-1018 AD).

Seuthes III Bronze Head 3

Bulgaria’s archaeological exhibition on Ancient Thrace which is on display in the Louvre Museum in the French capital Paris is enjoying “enormous success”, according to Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Louvre Museum, and head curator of the exhibit.

The Festival of MedievaCrafts and Culture hosted by the Kaleto Fortress in Bulgaria's Mezdra featured demonstrations of military camps, crafts, traditions, and costumeds from the medieval Bulgarian Empire. Photo: Mezdra Municipality

The Archaeological Complex “Kaleto” in the northwestern Bulgarian town of Mezdra, which consists of the partially restored and conserved ruins of a prehistoric, ancient, and medieval fortress, has hosted a Medieval Crafts and Culture Festival dedicated to the life in the medieval Bulgarian Empire.

This side of the 6th century AD lead tube reliquary found In Bulgaria's Burgas shows two overlapping crosses inside two medallions. Photo: Burgas Municipality

The Regional Museum of History in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas has postponed the exhibition of the recently found lead tube reliquary containing ashes from the grave of John the Apostle in Ephesus because it has failed to procure a magnifying glass box.

An ancient board game found in archaeological excavations in Northern Bulgaria. It is only one of the numerous board game artifacts displayed for the first time in a unique exhibit by the Regional Museum of History in Bulgaria's Veliko Tarnovo. Photo: Veliko Tarnovo Regional Museum of History

A unique exhibition presenting for the first time prehistoric, ancient, and medieval board and gambling games found in archaeological excavations in Central Northern Bulgaria has been opened by the Regional Museum of History in the northern city of Veliko Tarnovo.

A 2010 photo of the excavations of the Early Neolithic proto-city near Bulgaria's Yabalkovo. Photo: 24 Chasa daily

The prehistoric people inhabiting the Early Neolithic settlement near today’s town of Yabalkovo, Dimitrovgrad Municipality, in Southern Bulgaria, had domesticated hens some 8,000 years ago, meaning that chickens were raised in Europe much earlier than previously thought, reveals Bulgarian archaeologist Assoc. Prof. Krasimir Leshtakov.

The two major fortified hills of Tarnovgrad (today's Veliko Tarnovo), capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire in 1185-1396 AD - Trapesitsa (left) and Tsarevets (right) with the Yantra River flowing inbetween. Photo: Izvora, Wikipedia

The archaeologists from the Regional Museum of History in the northern Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo have requested a total of BGN 175,000 (app. EUR 90,000) in government funding in order to carry out excavations of 6 major archaeological sites in the region.

Advertising posters in the French capital Paris for the Bulgarian exhibition about Ancient Thrace, "Thracian Kings' Epic. Archaeological Discoveries in Bulgaria" in the Louvre Museum. Photo: Bulgaria's Ministry of Culture

The Louvre has extended by another two weeks its advertising campaign in the subway of the French capital Paris for its Bulgarian exhibition about Ancient Thrace which will be on display in one of the world’s top museums until July 20, 2015.

Artifacts found through underwater archaeology explorations are displayed in Bulgaria’s only Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the southern Black Sea town of Kiten. Photos by Todor Hristov from the Facebook group “Bulgarians” dedicated to promotion of Bulgaria’s historical and archaeological heritage. He may be contacted at paragraf22@gmail.com.

A large-scale Bulgarian-British project for exploring the underwater archaeology of Bulgaria’s exclusive zone in the Black Sea has been started by the Sozopol-based Center for Underwater Archaeology at the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and the Center for Maritime Archaeology of the University of Southampton.

Land properties in Central Bulgaria containing archaeological monuments from Ancient Thrace and Early Byzantium have been sold to private firms by Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, alarms Rusi Dimitrov, a local history researcher, who has alerted Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor, Presidency, and Council of Ministers, among other relevant institutions.

A view of the ruins of Ancient Thracian, Greek, and Roman city of Heraclea Sintica located near Bulgaria's Petrich. Photo: National Institute and Museum of Archaeology

The Director of Bulgaria’s National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Ass. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, has expressed his grief over the fact that most of the necropolis of the Ancient Thracian, Greek, and Roman city of Heraclea Sintica near the southwestern town of Petrich has been looted by treasure hunters over the years.

A view of the earthwork of the Ancient Bulgar rampart wall near the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Shkorpilovtsi from the early period of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/680-1018 AD). Photo: Dolni Chiflik Municipality

A special commission from Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture has decided to propose a “monument of culture” status for an archaeological complex near the town of Shkorpilovtsi on the Black Sea coast consisting of a Late Antiquity Early Byzantine fortress, an Early Christian basilica, an Early Christian tomb, and part of an Ancient Bulgar wall (rampart).

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