At the end of June 2023, the regular archaeological researches in the citadel of Kokalyanski Urvich began under the project of the National History Museum "IN SITU FRESCO", with the financial support of the Culture Directorate of the Metropolitan Municipality.

On the trail of treasure hunters.
The National History Museum has resumed regular archaeological investigations of Kokalyanski Urvich

At the end of June 2023, the regular archaeological researches in the citadel of Kokalyanski Urvich began under the project of the National History Museum "IN SITU FRESCO", with the financial support of the Culture Directorate of the Metropolitan Municipality.

In the current season, the efforts of archaeologists are concentrated on the study of Church No. 2 in the Citadel, which was discovered in 2022 and was found to have functioned until the end of the XNUMXth century. Archaeological research in this sector became necessary after establishing a large-scale mining excavation. After an initial inspection, the terrain turned out to be rich in silver objects and coins from the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, illegal mining activities have affected the Church by digging up its central part and destroying a large amount of frescoes.

This year students from the National High School for Ancient Languages ​​and Cultures in the city of Sofia are also involved in helping the archaeological team in the attempt to preserve antiquity and extract the maximum amount of information, as well as the preservation of cultural values ​​from the end of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom . In addition, the inclusion of the young audience in real-time archaeological research fulfills one of the pre-set goals of the project, namely the possibility of unrestricted access to cultural heritage, nature and education.

The regular archaeological surveys of Kokalyanski Urvich will continue until the end of July 2023.

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