The Private entities and the Dumping prices - the new enemy of the Bulgarian Archaeology!

Bulgarian Archaeological Association is distancing from the statement of the Director of the National Archaeological Institute of Bulgaria which define the protection of the cultural monuments in Germany and Poland as "Very bad"! We emphasize that the Bulgarian archaeology never leaves the phase of Totalitarizam and that till now no "private entities" or "dumping prices" are allowed! This situation damaged strongly the scientific quality and the protection of the cultural monuments in Bulgaria.

On behalf of all independent researchers and archaeologists in Bulgaria we would like to apologize as the opinion of the "only authorized institution" in Bulgaria is not connected with the science but with profiteering and servility.

Ratiaria - money for nothing

In the last few years Bulgarian government completely lost control on spending of EU Funds and the corruption in fact has destroyed Bulgarian heritage and historical legacy!

The NGOs have been fighting for years to stop fake rebuilds of historical places (representative for Bulgarian history), which violate not only Bulgarian but also European and international standards.

This report presents the most shocking stage of this process where "fake" is the project itself! One and half million BGN were spend ... given by the Bulgarian taxpayer! Money for nothing...

RATIARIA - what exactly happens with the Bulgarian archaeology?

The destruction of the Roman colony Ratiaria at the South bank of the Danube river is very well known. Some of the international organisation such as ICOMOS even put "The case Ratiaria" into the World report 2011-2013 on monuments and sites in danger. The paradox in this situation is that exactly in 2013 the Ministry of Culture in Bulgaria start funding the site and the archaeological excavations here were officially reopened under the guidance of the National Archaeological Institute. And so - RATIARIA WAS FORGOTTEN!

What exactly happens with Bulgarian archaeology? Was Ratiaria preserved after the intervention of the National Archaeological Institute and was the site protected by the Ministry of Culture? The media publications after 2013 sounds as a horror chronicle ...

Ratiaria Semper Floreat

New book

The ancient city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana Ratiaria is the most important Roman and Byzantine center in today’s North-Western Bulgaria and capital of Dacia Ripensis. Its remains are located in “Kaleto” on the eastern outskirts of the village of Archar, Vidin district, near the Danube (Bulgaria).

The first serious research of the town was implemented in 1952 and continue till 1991 when were canceled. Since then, for over twenty years, instead of being an object of scientific researches and touristic attraction, the place has been a crime scene of treasure-hunters’ invasion and illegal traffic of cultural artefacts.

In 2009 the Bulgarian Archaeological Association (BAA) started a campaign for saving the capital of Dacia Ripensis and reopening the scientific researches here. The present book is result mainly of these researches implemented by the archaeologist Krassimira Luka.