On 22.02.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX, a magnificent Thracian breastplate dating from the XNUMXth century BC, made of solid iron and silver, covered with richly ornamented gilding, became part of the permanent exhibition of the National History Museum.

Georgi Iliev - the restorer of treasures

On 22.02.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX, a magnificent Thracian breastplate dating from the XNUMXth century BC, made of solid iron and silver, covered with richly ornamented gilding, became part of the permanent exhibition of the National History Museum. Main credit for the opportunity to present it in all its glory goes to the restorer from RIM Yambol - Georgi Iliev.

In the past year, with the help of his long-term knowledge and extraordinary talent, Iliev managed to completely restore the priceless exhibit, discovered in the distant 1995 in "Tsviatkova mogila", Kazanlak municipality.

Georgi Iliev is one of the few specialists in Bulgaria, thanks to whose professionalism, many archaeological monuments are restored to their original form. In his work with the National History Museum, he was able to successfully complete numerous extremely complex restoration projects, among which stand out: the sacristy from a burial mound from Zlatinitsa, bronze breastplates from Blagoevgradsko, luxurious black-firnis and red-figure ceramics from Apolonia Pontica, molidovuli, ornaments and coins from the medieval monastery "Christ the Savior".

Georgi Iliev is a specialist with many years of experience, who has remarkable knowledge related to the specifics of the processed materials, namely: iron, bronze, gold, etc., as well as the techniques for conservation and restoration of alloys and metals combined into single unique archaeological monuments.

Thanks to his tireless work, more than 2000 ceramic vessels have been recovered for the RIM Yambol museum exhibition from the archaeological excavations in Drama and the numerous studies of archaeologists in the Yambol region. Georgi Iliev works on the conservation and restoration of exhibits and archaeological museums in Stara Zagora, Sliven, Nova Zagora, Sozopol, etc.

The restoration of the breastplate was carried out under the project: "Restoration, conservation and exhibition of ancient artifacts from the NIM fund" headed by Pavlina Devlova, implemented with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture.

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