About Balkan Museums
10 Year Anniversary "The Balkans in Later Prehistory"
Abstract: The Balkan
Museums are some of the
richest in the world with
many stratified
archaeological finds. As a
rule, the local museums
keep the archaeological
heritage of the given
administrative
micro-regions, although
the centralized politics
resulted in collected
especially gold and silver
finds in the Capitals'
central Museums. In some
cases such politics are at
the expenses even of the
professional excavations
and truth - for instance, the
Dubene-Balinov Gorun
Affair.
2008-2009 © Lolita Nikolova, PhD.
Archaeological finds from
Balkan museums:
Dubene-Balinov Gorun
(South Central Bulgaria).
Early Bronze II. Without
any reasons these finds are
possession of the National
Museum of History.
However, there is a letter of
the Ministry of Culture,
Professor Stefan Danailov,
whose opinion was that the
Dubene-Balinov gorun
gold should be curated by
the Museum of History in
the City of Karlovo.
National Museum of History. Sofia. Bulgaria (Virtual Tour)
City Museum of History.
Karlovo (Bulgaria). Early
Bronze II. Accidental find.
Excavations at
Dubene-Sarovka. City
Museum of History.
Karlovo (Bulgaria). Early
Bronze. A find from the
uppermost destructed
layer of the site.
National Archaeological Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria
City Museum of Karlovo, Bulgaria.
I began to write "The Balkans in Later Prehistory" as a guest-research associate at the
University of California, Berkeley, CA, in 1997. At that point I was a curator at the Museum
of History, Karlovo, Bulgaria. My experience as a curator and the visits of many museums in
the Balkans from Bicharest National Museum to the Athens National Museum and Istanbul
museums, and from Ljubljana National Museum to the Varna Archaeological Museum as a
undergraduate, graduate student and as an archaeologist, are the most essential
background of all my writings on Archaeology and Anthropology. Now, when I live in Salt
Lake City, traveling through the Balkans and visiting museums is my must beyond
everydayness entertainment.
     My last experience include the museum of Sibiu (Romania) and Thessaloniki (Greece)
museum (2008). They are comparable even with Dublin National Museum that I visited for
the first time in June 2008 during
WAC 6.
     The Balkan Museums are some of the richest in the world with many stratified
archaeological finds. As a rule, the local museums keep the archaeological heritage of the
given administrative micro-regions, although the centralized politics resulted in collected
especially gold and silver finds in the Capitals' central Museums. In some cases such
politics are at the expenses even of the professional excavations and truth - for instance,
the
Dubene-Balinov Gorun Affair. I want to believe that the story of Bozhidar Dimitrov and
Vassil Nikolov with the Dubene gold is a huge exception, although
a recent report from
Bulgaria revealed a systematic violation of the financial discipline at the National Museum of
History in Sofia.   
     Below I am expressing my deep gratitude to Balkan museums which are most essential
part of my social biography by collecting and upgrating links to website of and about these
excellent enculturation centers in Eurasia (11-27-08; Thanksgiving in the USA).