Over 3800 visitors - citizens and guests of Burgas strolled up the four expositions of Regional museum Burgas during the International Night of Museums. Unprecedented enthusiasm is the exact definition of what happened on May the 14th.
For the seventh consecutive time RIM Burgas participated in the International Night of Museums.
From 17:00 until midnight all four museums welcomed visitors free of charge. The guests beheld, took photographs, asked about everything, shared and communicated with each other. The desire of so many people - young and old, to come to a cultural institution this late at night and have fun, really gives us motivation and satisfaction that we have done something to keep the museum alive!
In the Night of Museum - 14.05.2011 from 17:00 to 00:00,
on every hour in the Natural-History exposition:
Screening of the documentary "Pan-European ecological network Natura 2000 in Bulgaria", duration 30 min
The Chariot and the Road to Eternity - The rituals accompanying burials of prominent Thracian noblemen
[img right]uploads/images/banners/banner1.jpg[/img][justify]The research of the “Dulgata Mogila” Tumulus near the village of Karanovo, Nova Zagora Region is one of the very few cases where we can trace the entire pattern of ritual practices accompanying burials of prominent Thracian noblemen.
Thracians believed in a better afterlife, that is why the deceased were to be laid with all the objects they needed during their lifetime. The grave goods depended on the social status of the deceased person and the means the family could afford to spend on it. The wealth of the Thracian family, whose members were buried in Dulgata Mogila Tumulus, is apparent from the sumptuous burial and the abundance of rich and original grave goods.
In 1976 during rescue works, the archaeologist Mityo Kanchev found three brick-vaulted tombs in the Dulgata Mogila Tumulus. The burials were conducted by cremation at a pyre, outside the grave structures. The remains of the funeral pyre were gathered and laid on the floor of the grave. Part of the rite is revealed by the charred nutshells and burnt animal bones. After that ail the objects which had been used or were favourite of the deceased, were arranged there. A Thracian nobleman- a warrior or a hunter would mainly need weapons - swords, daggers, spears and a shield. He was an educated man and kept up a correspondence - it is proved by the expensive luxury in k-pots discovered in the graves. A part of the grave goods were also the toiletries, a strigil-holder with strigils and an oil-flask, bath bronze vessels. Placing a candelabrum with an oil lamp which was believed to chase away the darkness was of essential importance. Another requisite was the bronze, earthenware or glass tableware necessary for the sumptuous feasts. Pitchers full of wine were not to be omitted too. In the graves there was a set of surgical instruments made by an exceptional master with incredible silver; gold and niello inlay.[/justify]
[img right]uploads/images/banners/nosht_na_muzeite_2011_baner.jpg[/img][justify]On May 14, 2011 for the seventh consecutive time Regional Burgas Museum will participate in the International Night of Museums. From 17:00 until midnight all four expositions will welcome visitors free of charge. Permanent and new exhibitions, presentation of unique Bulgarian traditions in the Ethnographic complex and screening of films expected the museum’s guests!
The theme for International Museum Day 2011 is Museum and Memory: Museums store memory and tell stories
NIGHT OF THE MUSEUM IN BURGAS - MAY 14, 2011
In Archaeological exposition (Bogoridi St.21) at 17:00 – Opening of the exhibition "Luster of Eternity – a two wheeled chariot from the village of Karanovo, Nova Zagora region". Visitors will have the opportunity to see a reconstruction of one of the most luxurious antique chariot and its parallel in ancient literature. The chariot is two wheeled and with a single seat and very rich decoration, it is dated from the beginning of the 2nd century or the end of the 1st century. The chariot belonged to a very wealthy Thracian aristocrat and it has an extremely interesting design solution - elegant and unique.
Natural-History exposition (Fotinov St.30) presents the animate and inanimate nature of Burgas region.
In the museum you can see volume dry Pontic Rhododendron – a symbol of Strandzha Mountain and other representative species of the Southern Black Sea coast’s flora richness. Some of these species existed already during the Tertiary period, but can be found even today as living relics. They were contemporaries of the mastodon, hipparions and deinotherium whose fossils you can see in the museum.
The richest is the ornithological collection of RIM Burgas. Exhibited are around 200 bird species typical for the Black Sea migratory route Via Pontica. One of the most interesting exhibits is the preparation of Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris), one of the rarest birds in the world, which is believed to be on the verge of extinction. The lakes around Burgas are one of the very few places in Europe where the species has been observed in recent years.
The exhibition "Magical World of Stone" gives more information on the world mineral wealth and the Bulgarian mineral diversity with an emphasis on Burgas region. Only here you can see the unique calcite geodes from the shutdown Burgas ore deposits.
Everyone can find and choose a stone loaded with hope for health and good luck, magic of shared love, happiness and good mood of the boss. The collectors have the opportunity to complete their collections of earth treasures.
In the Historical exposition (Lermontov St.31) is presented the history of Burgas region during the 19th century, time of the national liberation struggles and wars.
"135 years since the April uprising in 1876, the participation of Bulgarians from Burgas region"
"Liberation of Burgas region and the contribution of Lermontov’s family in the Russo-Turkish War and the restoration of Burgas city in 1878"
Exhibited are also masterpieces of the Bulgarian Renaissance iconography and exquisite works of applied art.
Ethnographic exposition (Slavianska St.69) presets traditional Bulgarian costumes and ornaments of the nineteenth century, folk festivals and rituals preserved only in Burgas region. Under the vine tree we will weave a colorful Bulgarian rug. Every visitor will be able to give its contribution for the rug’s extension and choose own color. As a typical “sedyanka”, we will talk, learn and teach, but most important we will have some fun.[/justify]
Today took place the ceremony for the prize of Dimitar Brakalov, which is awarded annually for contributions to the development of Burgas and citizenship. This year’s award was given to Burgas Naval Base. After the award ceremony held at the Cathedral St. St. Cyril and Methodius, prominent public figures and previous prize winners gathered in Brakalov’s house, which is a home of the Ethnographical exposition of RIM Burgas. Previous winners of the "Dimitar Brakalov” award are the owner hospital "Deva Maria" Semir Abumelih, LUKoil - Bulgaria AD, High School for German language "Goethe", the film director George Dyulgerov, the owner of bookstore Helikon Dancho Panayotov, the present Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov, the newspaper Cernomorski far, the designer for the expansion and modernization of Port Burgas Alexander Alexandrov, the Head Bishop of Sliven Yoanikii and Regional Museum Burgas.