Category Ottoman Empire

Ancient Thracian Settlement, Byzantine Fortress in Central Bulgaria Sold to Private Firms, Local Historian Alarms

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. Advertisements

Bulgarian Archaeologist Discovers Ancient Spear Tip Cast in Plovdiv’s Old Town Rescue Excavations

The team of Bulgarian archaeologist Elena Bozhinova has discovered a stone cast for the casting of metal spear tips from the Antiquity period during rescue excavations in the Old Town of the southern city of Plovdiv.

Archaeologists Fail to Find Necropolis in Rescue Excavation of Late Medieval Grave in Bulgaria’s Yambol

Despite some expectations no necropolis has been unearthed in the rescue excavations of a grave from the Late Middle Ages which was found by accident by construction works 3 months ago in the downtown of the city of Yambol in Southeast Bulgaria.

Bulgaria’s Svilengrad to Restore 16th Century Ottoman Arch Bridge with EEA/Norway Grant

A 16th century arch bridge from the period of the Ottoman Empire will be restored by the municipal authorities in the southern Bulgarian town of Svilengrad with funding provided from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants mechanism.

Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Medieval Pagan Child Grave in Downtown Plovdiv

The grave of a child most likely buried according to a pagan rite has been found during by archaeologists in rescue excavations during construction works in the downtown of the Southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv.

Bulgaria’s National History Museum Urges Excavation, Restoration of Great Basilica in Early Medieval Capital Pliska

Bulgaria’s National Museum of History has issued a statement urging and promoting the further archaeological excavations and restoration of the 9th century Great Basilica in Pliska, today a small northeastern town, which was the mighty capital of the First Bulgarian Empire between 680 and 893 AD.

Scores of Treasure Hunters Pillage Medieval Fortress, Late Iron Age Settlement in Search of Legendary Bulgarian Rebel’s Gold

Over the past month, an enormous number of ruthless treasure hunters from all over Bulgaria have been pillaging several unexplored archaeological sites near the town of Vetrintsi, Veliko Tarnovo District, including a medieval fortress and a Late Iron Age settlement, reports local newspaper “Borba”.

Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Municipality Signs EEA/Norway Grant Contract for ‘Digitization’ of Archaeological Heritage

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture and the southern Plovdiv Municipality have signed a grant contract for the “digitization”, i.e. filming, photographing, 3D presentation, and web publication of Plovdiv’s archaeological and historical heritage with funding provided from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants mechanism.

Late Medieval Jewish Necropolis in Bulgaria’s Karnobat to Become Cultural Tourism Destination

A Jewish necropolis from the Late Middle Ages, which is located near the eastern Bulgarian town of Karnobat and contains the earliest known graves of Sephardi Jews in the Balkans, is set to be restored and turned into a cultural tourism destination.

History Museum in Bulgaria’s Sliven Receives Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Austrian Coins Seized from Treasure Hunters

The Regional History Museum in the eastern Bulgarian city of Sliven has received from the police and judicial authorities a total of 386 coins and other archaeological artifacts from different archaeological periods which have been confiscated from now sentenced treasure hunters.

Archaeologists from Bulgaria’s Kazanlak Seek Excavation Permit for Late Antiquity, Medieval Fortress Buzovo Kale

The team of History Museum “Iskra” (“Spark”) in the central Bulgarian town of Kazanlak is expecting a permission to carry out excavations at the Late Roman, Early Byzantine, and medieval Bulgarian fortress of Buzovo Kale in the town of Buzovgrad.

Bulgaria’s Burgas to Attract Tourists with John the Apostle Reliquary, Burgos (Poros) Fortress, Aquae Calidae – Thermopolis Preserve

Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Burgas will target local and foreign tourists with three major archaeological attractions in summer 2015: the newly found lead reliquary with ashes from the grave of John the Apostle in Ephesus; the ancient and medieval port and fortress of Burgos (Poros) on Cape Foros where the reliquary was found; and […]

Bulgaria’s Burgas to Offer 3D Projections in Aquae Calidae – Thermopolis Bath of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent

The municipal authorities of Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Burgas plans to offer 3D projections inside the recently restored bath of Ottoman Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-1566 AD), which will be opened for tourists as part of the Aquae Calidae – Thermopolis Archaeological Preserve.

Flooding Damages Aquae Calidae – Thermopolis Archaeological Preserve in Bulgaria’s Burgas, Hinders Excavations

The Ancient Thracian and Roman city of Aquae Calidae, which was known as Thermopolis in medieval Byzantium and Bulgaria, has been damaged by a flooding, Burgas Municipality has alarmed.

500-Year Ottoman Yoke Destroyed Bulgaria’s Archaeological Monuments, Archaeologist Says

Bulgaria’s once impressive ancient and medieval archaeological monuments were destroyed during the 500-year period of Ottoman yoke, and today’s Bulgarian society needs to find a way to restore them properly, says famous archaeologist Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov.

Bulgarian Archaeologist Sheds Light on Missing Excavation Records for Nebet Tepe Fortress in Plovdiv

The missing paperwork for the pre-1980 excavations of the prehistoric, ancient, and medieval settlement and fortress on the historic hill of Nebet Tepe in the Southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv will likely result in the site being excavated anew, says archaeologist Elena Bozhinova.

Archaeologist Urges New Excavations of Nebet Tepe Fortress in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv over Scandalous Restoration Project

The archaeological excavations of the prehistoric, ancient, and medieval settlement and fortress Nebet Tepe in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv must be completed, Kostadin Kisyov, Director of the Plovdiv Museum of Archaeology, has urged after an architectural project for the fortress’s restoration caused a public scandal last week.

Archaeological Restoration Project for Ancient Nebet Tepe Fortress in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Causes Public Scandal

The first public discussion of the proposed project for the archaeological restoration of the Nebet Tepe fortress, the site of prehistoric, ancient, and medieval settlements in the Southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, has ended with a scandal.

Bulgarian Man Finds Silver Treasure of Western European, Ottoman Coins While Plowing Field

A man has stumbled upon an earthen jar with about 90 silver coins from the 16th-18th century while plowing a field with a tractor in the town of Zahari Stoyanovo, Popovo Municipality, in Northeastern Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Archaeologists Unearth Neolithic Bone Needle, 100-Meter Fortress Wall at Medieval Asen’s Fortress

A bone needle from the Neolithic as well as the uncovering of 110-meter fortress wall are some of the latest discoveries made by archaeologists at the medieval Bulgarian fortress known as Asen’s Fortress (Asenova Krepost) in Southern Bulgaria.