The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences presented the project "The Thracians"

Trakite 1The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organized a press conference on the topic "The Thracians – project by BAS" on 30 October 2016 at the National Ethnographic Museum at BAS. The coordinator of the project "The Thracians - Genesis and Development of the Ethnic Group, Cultural Identities, Civilizational Interactions and Heritage from Antiquity" Corr. Member Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva presented the purposes of the scientific research and the upcoming activities. For the first time the Thracian heritage is being researched in a thorough and comprehensive way and through an interdisciplinary approach. This is the first inter-academic project that brings together 27 research units of BAS (22 institutes and 5 laboratories) with the participation of universities and research centers from Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and Switzerland.

The activities under the 13 themes of the project were presented by Prof. Valeria Fol from the Institute of Balkan Studies with Center for Thracian Studies, Assoc. Prof. Georgi Nehrizov from the National Archaeological Institute, Assoc. Prof. Anastas Gospodinov from the Institute of Molecular Biology, Prof. Radostina Stoyanova from the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry and Assoc. Prof. Petko Hristov - Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum.

For the first time the formation of the Thracian ethnos will be traced, outlining the ethno-cultural territory, studies on the genetic material will be performed, as well as on landmark construction technologies of cemeteries and shrines, acoustic studies will be carried out of sacred Thracian sites, technologies for mining, ceramics, food and drinks. The latest technological achievements in science are used for the study of cultural heritage and DNA analysis is used to establish continuity in the gene pool.

The focus is on the period from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, the change in population in our lands will be traced and a database for the material culture of the Thracians will be made.

Before the press conference in the "Mirror Hall" of the National Ethnographic Museum at BAS the exhibition "Votivi" was opened. The exhibition is the first public result of the work of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (IEFSEM) for this project. The exhibition presented cult objects from the collections of 13 ethnographic and historical museums in Bulgaria.

Work on the project is funded by donations from Peter Mandjukov and Dr. Dobrin Ivanov.