Today the Ethnographic exhibition can be proud of its two new acquisitions. With donations from visitors and sponsors, a new scanner was bought for the exhibition. The scanner will help greatly in the scientific and documentary work of the department. During the past weeks Burgas Municipality replaced four of the old rotten benches with brand new ones in the yard of the Ethnographic Museum. Thank You!
On July the 20th scientific team lead by Prof. Dr. Kasimir Popkonstantinov and Deputy. Head Researcher Tsonya Drazeva started the new archaeological season in the medieval monastery of St. John the Baptist on the island of St. Ivan near Sozopol.
The excavations began with testing pits in the foundations of the oldest church on the island, built at the end of the 4th - beginning of the 5th century AD.
On July 28th at 1:30 PM during the clearing of the base of the altar table at a depth of 0.6 m under the marble floor was found a RELIQUARY / container for relics / in a shape of a small coffin, 18 cm long and 14 cm high. The reliquary was carefully removed from its bed and transferred to the Archaeological Museum in Sozopol. According to the characteristics of other findings in the surrounding layer, this finding can be dated with the late fourth century AD.
During the research of the mortar pad, a second small box made of pale yellow sandstone / typical for the territory of Palestine/ appeared. On the outside walls, an inscription in middle greek language has been deciphered by Professor Popkonstantinov. In the text clear appears the name of St. John on one side and the name of a person called Thoma, who shalt be “Blessed by God”, which means that the person carried in this box relics of the saint which were placed in reliquary during the construction of the early Christian church.
This discovery gives us a unique opportunity for the first time in Bulgaria to track the entire process of sacred ritual performed at the dawn of Christianity in our land. It demonstrates the importance of the ancient city of Apollonia-Sizipolis / city of salvation / and in particular the oldest monastery along the Black Sea coast and also the only one monastery which bears the name of St. John the Baptist.
We invite you to witness the opening of the reliquary on August the 1st / Sunday at 11 o'clock in the Archaeological Museum in Sozopol by a special commission of experts as well as in the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan of Sliven Yoanikii and Bozidar Dimitrov - Minister responsible for Religious Affairs in the Republic of Bulgaria.
Dr. Tsonya Drazheva
Director of the Regional History Museum, Burgas
Summer School of Ceramics (work on a potter's wheel and creation of sculptures and ceramics) will resume on 27th July 2010 in its usual time10:00 to 12:00 AM /Every week until the 31st August - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday/
Head of Workshop: Ivan Arabadzhiev
On 21 June 2010 in the Ethnographic complex (69 Slavyanska str.), Summer School on traditional folk crafts and contemporary applied arts was officially opened. We offer workshops in the following areas:
1. Paintings, prints, stained glass, painting on fabric, making collages, modelling, colouring ceramics - from Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 14:00 between 21st of June to 31st of August. Every week “Armstrong Center” will be presenting new techniques and materials.
Head of workshop: Mrs.Tanya Stoyanova
2. Ceramics - work on a potter's wheel and creation of sculptures and ceramics – Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 - between 6th of July to 31st of August.
Head of workshop: Mr.Ivan Arabadzhiev
3. Designing own jewellery and souvenirs, clothing decoration (beaded, metal and textiles) - Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 - From 1st of July to 31st of August.
Head of workshop: Ms.Evelina Ribarova
4. Crochet and Bulgarian embroidery - Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00, between 1st of July – 31st of August.
Head of workshop: Mrs.Krasimira Dubarova
Regional Historical Museum Burgas gladly invites the citizens and guests of Burgas to join in the celebrations of Enyo’s days in the Ethnographic Complex (Slavyanska № 69)!
24/06/2010 at 10:00 - Midsummer-magical celebration dedicated to the summer sun, dew and herbs. In the longest day of the year, we will go for health and luck through „Enyo’s“fragrant wreath.
Opening of the exhibition "Draw me sunshine" by participants of the summer art school headed by Mrs. Tanya Stoyanova.
26/06/2010 at 10:00
Recreation of the traditional ritual "Enyo’s bride". Music accompaniment and songs performed by Ensemble "Goce Delchev", part of association "Pelister" - Burgas.
On 21st June 2010 (Monday) in the Ethnographic complex (69 Slavyanska str.), the Summer School on traditional folk crafts and contemporary applied arts - painting, prints, stained glass, painting on fabric, making collages, modeling, coloring ceramics, will be officially open.
The activities will be taking place daily from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 in the period 21st of June until 31st of August.
Happy 24th of May to everyone connected to the Bulgarian culture and educations! Today we celebrate not only the day of the holy St. St. Cyril and Methodius but also this what preserved the Bulgarian culture and mentality all through the hardship among the centuries.