30 years since the discovery of the Rogozen treasure

The biggest Thracian treasure in the world

November, 2015, was marked by the celebration of the 50th anniversary since the discovery of one of the most impressive treasures of Ancient Thrace – the 2 500-year-old Mogilanska Mound treasure, also known as the Vratsa Gold treasure. This year the northwestern Bulgarian city of Vratsa will also be a center of another great series of celebrations dedicated to the 30th anniversary since the discovery of the Rogozen treasure, the biggest ever found Thracian treasure in the world with its 165 vessels made of high-grade standard silver and total weight of 20 kgs. It is dated back to the 5th-4th century BC.

The opening event will be held on January, 6th – the date in which the second part of the treasure consisting of 100 vessels in bulk was discovered back in 1986. Films, guest exhibitions, various publications, initiatives and events will be carried out throughout the entire year marking the anniversary and attracting public attention towards the importance of the Rogozen treasure and the Thracian culture as an integral part of the European civilization. The series of the official events will end with an international scientific conference in Vratsa in November, 2016 which famous Thracologists from all over the Europe will take part in.

The treasure is an invaluable source of information for the life of the Thracians. The artifacts unveil the material and spiritual culture of the Thracians and testify not only for the fabulous fortune of the local aristhocracy but also for their high aesthetical requirements. Vessels from the Rogozen treasure were among the 1,629 Ancient Thracian items that were displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, as part of Bulgaria’s 2015 exhibit there dedicated to Ancient Thrace.

On January, 6th Bulgaria also mark another celebration – 168 years since the birth of the genial Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev.