More than 300 historical exhibits, saved by the Ministry of Interior, displayed in the National Archeological Institute with Museum
06 Nov 2018
“Saved Treasures of Bulgaria” exhibition comprises more than 300 exhibits, saved for the country during different operations carried out by the Ministry of Interior. It is organised as part of the European Year of cultural heritage. The opening coincides with the week, in which the Bulgarian Police celebrates its professional holiday – November 8th.
The exhibits illustrate all periods of the millennial history on today’s territory of Bulgaria. The cultural and historical treasures have been saved from illegal export, illicit trade or serious damage and are preserved for the national memory. Among them stand out the largest ever known finding of copper axes from the second half of the 5th Millennium BC; a Corinthian helmet from the end of 6th century BC; a collective finding of ornaments and bronze objects from the middle of the 2nd Millennium BC; and icons from the School of Tryavna.
The exhibition is a result of the tireless efforts of officers from the National Police General Directorate, the General Directorate for Countering Organized Crime, the Border Police General Directorate, the Regional Directorates of Interior in the country and the museums to protect the Bulgarian cultural heritage. ‘Between 120 and 140 pre-trial proceedings on illegal archeological activities are held each year in Bulgaria,’ said Chief Inspector Angel Papalezov, head of Cultural & Historical Heritage Crime Sector in the National Police General Directorate. According to him, a lot has been achieved concerning the legal framework. Chief Inspector Emil Alexandrov from the General Directorate for Countering Organized Crime underlined: ’It is it's important for people to know that the cultural and historical heritage belongs to them, not only to the museums; and when allowing it to leave the country we are losing part of our national identity.’