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Archaeologists discovered the water reservoir of the castle of the Rusokastro fortress
Friday, 13 Oct 2017 - Archeological Museum

In the last days of Rusokastro's research for 2017, the Burgas archaeologists have discovered the water reservoir of the fortress castle. It is built in the southeast corner of the citadel of the fortress. It has irregular shape with dimensions 15 m long from the west and 12 m from the east, with a width of 8 m and arched northwest corner. In the middle of the reservoir, at the north-south line, two massive stone stairs were built. The facility was covered with an arcade structure, huge pieces of which had fallen inside. In 2018, the heavy debris is expected to be removed by a crane.


The capacity of the reservoir is at least 300 m3. It is protected by the powerful southern and eastern wall with a width of 2.5 m, as well as by a large circular round tower with a diameter of 7 m. The water reservoir had a second floor leading to a four-staircase staircase.

The walls of this monumental facility are carefully plastered with thick hydrophobic (waterproof) mortar plaster. It has a pink color, because it contains a large amount of ground baked ceramics, which in fact provides waterproofing.
The excavations of the Rusokastro Fortress are led by Milen Nikolov and Dorothea Girdziyska from the Regional historical museum Burgas and are funded by Municipality of Kameno, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and National Museum of History.

The processing of the ceramic material, analysis of coin finds and examination of the discovered animal bones by an archaeologist, are still to follow. These tests will be especially curious, because they will make clear what meat ate the medieval Bulgarians and Byzantines in the 13-14 c.


International teachers day
Thursday, 05 Oct 2017 - Global


Burgas Museum celebrated the World Animal Protection Day at the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius " School
Thursday, 05 Oct 2017 - Natural-History Museum

On 4 October, we celebrate World Animal Protection Day.

This year, the Regional historical museum - Burgas celebrated the celebration together with the students of the 5th grade with the class leader Greta Stoyanova from "St. St. Cyril and Methodius "School - Burgas. The topic we were discussing, "Do Animals Feel", provoked interest in the children who were struggling to express their opinions and give examples of their personal experiences with pets. The Fifths were familiar with the purpose of the World Animal Protection Day and what was needed to conserve their habitats. A talk about the feelings and emotional inhibitions of the wildlife of the animal world supplemented the students' knowledge of the surrounding nature. The topics "How do animals show their feelings" and "What does our pet need?" Were discussed. The event ended with the game "Trees - sources of food and habitats for forest animals" and recognition of winter birds in the pictures.


On September 30 open access to the museum and the opportunity to visit the visiting exhibitions on their last day in Burgas
Friday, 29 Sep 2017 - Global

Regional historical museum Burgas celebrate the European Heritage Days 2017 with its own cultural program, which started with the scientific conference "Bulgarian Refugees in Burgas and the Region 1878 - 1945" and will end on the last day of the summer season - 30 September (Saturday) with free access to the museum expositions.

This is the last day when visitors will have the chance to see the golden guest exhibitions at the Archaeological Museum (Burgas, 21, Bogoridi Str.) - "The oldest gold in Europe - the treasures of the Varna Chalcolithic necropolis" by RHM Varna, the "Thracian treasure from Borovo" from RHM Russe and "The Treasure from Nadsentmiklos" from NHM Sofia.

From 1 October, the Burgas Museum's expositions will switch to their winter working hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00 hours, Sundays and Mondays - closed.

Over the past two decades, the European Heritage Days initiative has become one of the most important events in the cultural calendar of Europe, attracting millions of visitors to the rich cultural heritage of the continent. In September each year, countries in Europe open the doors to more or less familiar cultural landmarks by organizing various campaigns to promote the heritage and search for its place in the present.

Scientists from all over Bulgaria meet in Burgas to present their researches on Bulgarian refugees in the early 20th century
Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 - Global

National Scientific Conference "Bulgarian Refugees in Burgas and the Region 1878 - 1945" will be held from September 27 to 29, 2017 as part of the European Heritage Days in Burgas. Organizers of the prestigious forum are the Regional historical museum and Municipality Burgas.
The conference has selected 31 scientific papers that best represent the dimensions of the migration process from 1878 to 1945. This is a topic of great importance for the history of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people, which is updated in a specific way today. The focus of the research is on Burgas and the region, as most Bulgarian refugees (more than 30,000 families) find salvation and a new home here.
The proceedings will be presented by 33 lecturers - representatives of institutes at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, universities, museums, libraries and archive directorates from all over the country. The plenary session with the scientific readings will begin on September 28 at 10.00 in Hall 311 of the College of Tourism.
The main topics that will be discussed are the historical dynamics of refugee processes among the Bulgarians from 1878 to 1945; Burgas region - the new home of Bulgarian refugees; the role of refugees in the life of free Bulgaria - political, social and economic problems; Ethnic-demographic characteristics of the refugees.
Co-organizers and partners of the forum are Peyo Yavorov Regional Library - Burgas, University "Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov", Directorate "Regional State Archives" - Burgas and Thracian Research Institute - Sofia.
It is expected that the conference materials will be printed in a scientific book in November 2017 and will be officially presented at the end of the year.


Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 - Global

RHM Burgas and Burgas Municipality organize a national scientific conference "Bulgarian Refugees in Bourgas and the Region (1878 - 1945)". It will be held from 27 to 29 September 2017 as part of the European Cultural Heritage Days.

30 scientific papers have been selected for the conference. They best represent the dimensions of refugee processes in the period from 1878 to 1945. This is a topic of great importance in the history of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people, which is updated in a specific way today. Our wish is to focus on Burgas and the region, as many of the Bulgarian refugees are here finding salvation and a new home, which furthermore connects us emotionally with the problem.
The reports will be presented by 32 lecturers - representatives of institutes at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, universities, museums, libraries and directorates of YES from all over the country.

Main topics offered for review:
• Historical dynamics of refugee processes among the Bulgarians from 1878 to 1945.
• Bourgas region - the new home of Bulgarian refugees.
• The role of refugees in the life of free Bulgaria - political, social and economic problems.
• Ethnographic demographic characteristics of refugees.

<b> Co-organizers and partners of RHM Burgas are Burgas Municipality, Peyo Yavorov Regional Library - Burgas, University "Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov, Directorate "Regional State Archives" - Bourgas and Thracian Science Institute - Sofia. </ b>

Conference materials will be printed in a collection in November 2017.

The photo exhibition "People of Strandzha" from 14 september in the Historical museum
Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 - Historical Museum

The exhibition "People of Strandzha" will be opened on 14 September 2017 in the Icon Hall of the Historical Exposition of RHM Burgas (31, Lermontov Str.).

Photodocumentary was realized after the expeditions carried out in 2011-2012 in Strandzha villages Zvezdets, Gramatikovo, Stoilovo, Kalovo, Visitsa, Slivarovo, Brashlyan.
It is the work of the specialists of the Historical Museum "Prof. Alexander Fol" - Malko Tarnovo.

It is based on the collected archival materials, surveys, field surveys that aimed to establish the ethnographic picture of the settlements at the present moment. Traditional rituals, habits, traditions, etc., characteristic of the local population, have been studied. Another part of the exhibition is the existing temples and chapels on the territory of the villages. The icons are photographed, their architecture is studied, as well as the temple feasts and customs. The scientific expeditions were held jointly with the UNIBIT.

The 20 panels of the exhibition are complemented by Renaissance icons and church plate from the Burgas Museum Fund. The exhibition will remain in the Historical Museum in Burgas by the end of November.


Scientists from all over the world will discuss the problems of digital representation of cultural and scientific heritage in Burgas
Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 - Global

From September 7th to 9th, 2017 in Burgas, Bulgaria, the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, under the patronage of UNESCO and Burgas District Administration and with the support of the National Science Fund, organizes the Seventh International Conference on Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage—DiPP2017.
The conference aims at presenting innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitisation, documentation, archiving, representation and preservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural and scientific heritage. The focus is to provide open access to digitised cultural heritage and to set up sustainable policies for its continuous digital preservation and conservation. The priority area is the digital presentation and preservation of cultural and historical objects under conditions of risk. The forum will demonstrate innovative technologies and prototypes, including digital repositories, digital archives, virtual museums and digital libraries, which result from established practices and achievements in the field. Representatives of public and specialised libraries, museums, galleries, archives, centres, both national and foreign research institutions and universities are invited to participate and exchange experiences, ideas, knowledge and best practices in the field.

Co-organisers of the event are the Regional Academic Center - Burgas, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Regional Historical Museum – Burgas, the Burgas Free University and Index Ltd.
The prestigious scientific event will be opened on September 7, 2017 at 13:30, in Conference hall "Sea casino", Burgas, Bulgaria.

The International Conference on Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage is becoming a traditional meeting of scientists working in the country and abroad with their colleagues from prestigious scientific centres all over the world, presenting the latest scientific achievements in the field of ICT for cultural and scientific heritage and laying out the paths for future research. The previous six DiPP conferences have welcomed more than 3500 participants from 20 countries (Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Holland, Hungary, Germany, Greece, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, etc.), presenting scientific and project reports, published in the Conference proceedings (available with open access at: http://dipp.math.bas.bg).


Accompanying Events
A workshop and a National Information Day Open Access to Scientific Publications, Data and Data Science, organised by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

A National Information Day Innovation Ecosystems of Digital Cultural Assets, organised by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences to present current research results of the project № DN02/06/15.12.2016 “Concepts and Models for Innovation Ecosystems of Digital Cultural Assets” (2016-2018), funded by the National Science Fund.

A National Information Day Serious Games as Contemporary Tools for New Educational Applications, organised by IMI-BAS to present scholarly and scholarly-practical outcomes of the “Serious Education Games as Contemporary Tools for New Educational Applications” project, Contract № DSD-2/05.04.2017 between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, activity “Introduction of Contemporary Methods in Educating and Fostering Young Talent” (PMC № 347).

Exhibition Between God and People, which will present photographic archives of unique bells from all over Bulgaria. The exhibition is curated by an Institute of Mathematics and Informatics team, as part of the BELL and BELLKNOW projects.
More information about the conference can be found on the DiPP2017 website: http://dipp2017.math.bas.bg/


Invitation to a Press conference on 7 September for DiPP2017
Friday, 01 Sep 2017 - Global

On September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am, at the Central Hall of the Archaeological Museum (Burgas, 21 Al. Bogoridi Str.), we invite you to a press conference for the beginning of the Seventh International Conference "Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage" DIPP2017) under the patronage of UNESCO and with the support of the Bulgarian National Science Fund.

From September 7th to 9th, 2017 in Burgas, Bulgaria, the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, under the patronage of UNESCO and Burgas District Administration and with the support of the National Science Fund, organizes the Seventh International Conference on Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage—DiPP2017.
The conference aims at presenting innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitisation, documentation, archiving, representation and preservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural and scientific heritage. The focus is to provide open access to digitised cultural heritage and to set up sustainable policies for its continuous digital preservation and conservation. The priority area is the digital presentation and preservation of cultural and historical objects under conditions of risk. The forum will demonstrate innovative technologies and prototypes, including digital repositories, digital archives, virtual museums and digital libraries, which result from established practices and achievements in the field. Representatives of public and specialised libraries, museums, galleries, archives, centres, both national and foreign research institutions and universities are invited to participate and exchange experiences, ideas, knowledge and best practices in the field.
Co-organisers of the event are the Regional Academic Center - Burgas, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Regional Historical Museum – Burgas, the Burgas Free University and Index Ltd.

Press conference: September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am in the central hall of the Archaeological Museum, Burgas, Al. Bogorids 21.
Official Opening of the conference: 7 September 2017 at 13:30 in the "Georgi Baev" Hall in the Cultural Center "Sea Casino", Burgas.
Opening of the exhibition "Between God and Men": 7 September 2017 at 17:00 in "Georgi Baev" Hall in the Cultural Center "Sea Casino", Burgas.

Offical programme of the conference


A new gold find was discovered in the Rusokastro Fortress research
Friday, 01 Sep 2017 - Archeological Museum

During the excavations of the Rusokastro fortress this summer, archaeologists have discovered another gold find. Near the monumental stone staircase unveiled few days ago, they found a gold coin - perpera, minted in the period 1325-1328. The face presents the image of St. Mary and on the reverse side is Jesus Christ together with the Byzantine emperors Andronicus II and Andronicus III Palaeologus. This is the second gold coin of the first half of the 14th century, discovered during the excavations of the Rusokastro fortress. In 2016, another similar coin, minted between 1341 and 1348, was found in front of the western fortress wall.



Analysis of coin finds from season 2017 is yet to come. In addition to gold, this year many copper coins have been discovered, including such from the Bulgarian tsars Konstantin Tih and Ivan Alexander. The silver coins are from Tsar Ivan Alexander, Venice and the Duke of Athens. The detailed analysis of the coins will be prepared after they have been cleaned and conservated in a restoration workshop.
The excavations of the Rusokastro Fortress are led by Milen Nikolov and Dorothea Girdziyska from the Regional Historical Museum Burgas. They are funded by Kameno Municipality, Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and National Museum of History.

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