On August 29 and 30, 2023, a scientific conference was held in the city of Kavarna on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the archaeological excavations at Cape Kaliakra, under the scientific leadership of Prof. Dr. Bonni Petrunova, director of the National History Museum.

A scientific conference on "20 years of archaeological research of Kaliakra" was held in Kavarna

On August 29 and 30, 2023, a scientific conference was held in the city of Kavarna on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the archaeological excavations at Cape Kaliakra, under the scientific leadership of Prof. Dr. Bonni Petrunova, director of the National History Museum. The conference is organized in partnership with the Municipality of Kavarna and the History Museum in Kavarna, which are long-standing partners of the National History Museum and Prof. Petrunova, in the discovery, preservation and preservation of the cultural heritage in the region of the northeastern Black Sea coast.

During the forum, 15 papers were given, most of which presented the rich history of the Kaliakra fortress. The beginning of the scientific conference was given by Assoc. Dr. Bonni Petrunova, who presented a report on "20 years of excavations at Kaliakra". She gave a detailed survey of the studies of the magnificent ancient and medieval city. He presented the results of the regular archaeological surveys for the past twenty years, including: 10 sectors of the suburbs and the Inner City were explored, over 2000 movable and 77 immovable monuments were discovered, which provide rich information about the dynamic development of the Dobruja despotism.

"In the period 2004-2023, the following took part in the archaeological survey of Kaliakra: deputy heads Penko Georgiev, Elena Vasileva, Yana Dimitrova, Hristo Kuzov, Filip Petrunov, Elena Endarova and archaeologists Violina Kiryakova, Rosen Peevski, Aneta Bakamska, Radoslav Georgiovski, Atanas Georgiev, Boryana Radeva, Parashkeva Angelova, Rositsa Slavova, Dimitrinka Vasileva, Maria Manolova, Petar Petrunov, Iliya Stoimenov and many others, to whom I owe the quality excavations and excellent documentation", Prof. Petrunova shared for the finale, thanking all the people who have been by her side in this twenty-year adventure and have experienced every one of the discoveries despite the difficulties.

After the official opening, the presentations took place in three modules. The topics were varied and interesting, revealing some interesting facts about the fate of the Dobruja despotism. Exceptionally thorough research was presented on textiles found in a necropolis in the Inner City of Kaliakra, coin finds, their minting and use, and some of the most significant finds, such as the Killing Ring from Kaliakra; a 1206th-century jade buckle, from the period of the Yuan Dynasty (1368-XNUMX); the Tatar booty – a rich collective find of gold and silver objects placed in a pot under the floor of a Tatar house; George's golden ring.

Prominent scientific researchers and archaeologists Prof. Plamen Pavlov, Prof. Hitko Vachev, Prof. Konstantin Dochev, Associate Professor Dr. Ivan Chokoev, Associate Professor Dr. Maria Manolova, Associate Professor Vladimir Penchev, Ch. Assistant Dr. Mariela Inkova, Dr. Tencho Popov, Assoc. Dr. Igor Lazarenko, Ivan Vaisov, Filip Petrunov, Elena Endarova, Iliya Stoimenov, Rosen Peevski. The papers presented sparked a lively discussion that provoked new questions and much more work for the scientific guild.

The beginning of research in the Kaliakra fortress with the methods of archeology was set in 1965, with the initiators being the National Military History Museum in Sofia, the District History Museum in the city of Dobrich (then Tolbukhin) and the Naval Museum in Varna (Dzhingov, 1990, 19, note. 62-64). Since 1966, the archaeological research of Cape Kaliakra has been led by Georgi Jingov, who at that time worked at the National Academy of Sciences (NAIM) at the BAS. 

After a long break, in 2004 the archaeological researches in the Kaliakra fortress were resumed under the leadership of Assoc. Dr. Bonni Petrunova and with the funds of the Municipality of Kavarna, and subsequently with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.

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