An open-air museum “Maltepe” will be disclosed in Maritsa Municipality July 28, 2016

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Today the first dig of the Open-air museum “Maltepe” in Maritsa Municipality has been made and it is being implemented in partnership with Regional archeological museum of Plovdiv and Regional administration with administrative center Plovdiv, the correspondent of BGNES for the region reports. The event was attended by the mayor of Maritsa Municipality – Mr Dimitar Ivanov, the mayor of Manole village – Mr Alexander Ivanov, ass. prof. Kostadin Kisyov – director of the Regional archeological museum in Plovdiv, as well as representatives of the “MAL TEPE 2016” consortium. The two mayors did the groundbreaking which marked the beginning of the implementation of the construction work related to the building of the first open-air museum on the territory of the municipality. Mr Dimitar Ivanov assured all the attendees that he will personally exercise control over the qualitative and timely implementation of all construction activities and wished luck to all the project participants. The project costs 805 961.61 Euro and has to be implemented in 18 months – from 28.08.2015 until 28.02.2017.  The grant is provided by The financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG08 “Cultural heritage and contemporary arts” under Measure 1 “Restoration, renovation and protection of cultural heritage” via the Ministry of culture, according to Contract №24-10М1-45 from 28.08.2015. Mound “Maltepe” is the biggest funeral mound on the territory of Bulgaria and has dimensions of 90 m in diameter and 22 m in height. The mound represents a part of a large Thracian necropolis which is linked to the history of the antique Philippopolis between 1st century BC and 3rd century AC. It is registered as an immovable cultural property – as an archeological subject in the Automated information system “Archeological map of Bulgaria” under Registration number № 10001496. In order for the activities to be implemented and progress to be made on the project “An open-air museum Maltepe”, on 10 June 2016, after an auction for choosing an implementer was held, the mayor of Maritsa Municipality Mr Dimitar Ivanov and the representative of “MAL TEPE 2016” signed a contract for conducting “Engineering of an object: “Archeological complex with a visitors’ building, an information center, open and covered areas for exhibitions and training archeology”, Manole area, the lands of village Manole, Maritsa Municipality. The contract for engineering costs 1 428 164.69 BGN incl. VAT and the implementation period is 180 calendar days starting from the day when the contract was signed. Staging the area around the mound is set in the investment project. A spot for training archeology, restoration and museum practices is set up. A particular area for landfilling the earth excavated from the mound is designated in the northwest direction. A parking lot for arriving visitors will be provided and it will serve up to 15 automobiles and 2 buses.

Specific premises are provided in order the museum to be attended administratively and they serve some main goals:

  1. Information centre
  2. Conference hall
  3. Staff premises
  4. Security premises
  5.  Additional service premises

Source: BGNES

Press Release

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Today, 27 July 2016, an official ceremony has been held that relates to the first dig under project “AN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM MALTEPE” with beneficiary Maritsa Municipality, which is being implemented in partnership with Regional archeological museum of Plovdiv and Regional administration with administrative center Plovdiv.

The event was attended by the mayor of Maritsa Municipality – Mr Dimitar Ivanov, the mayor of Manole village – Mr Alexander Ivanov, ass. prof. Kostadin Kisyov – director of the Regional archeological museum in Plovdiv, as well as representatives of the “MAL TEPE 2016” consortium. The two mayors did the groundbreaking which marked the beginning of the implementation of the construction work related to the building of the first open-air museum on the territory of the municipality. Mr Dimitar Ivanov assured all the attendees that he will personally exercise control over the qualitative and timely implementation of all construction activities and wished luck to all the project participants.

The project costs 805 961.61 Euro and has to be implemented in 18 months – from 28.08.2015 until 28.02.2017.  The grant is provided by The financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG08 “Cultural heritage and contemporary arts” under Measure 1 “Restoration, renovation and protection of cultural heritage” via the Ministry of culture, according to Contract №24-10М1-45 from 28.08.2015.

Mound “Maltepe” is the biggest funeral mound on the territory of Bulgaria and has dimensions of 90 m in diameter and 22 m in height. The mound represents a part of a large Thracian necropolis which is linked to the history of the antique Philippopolis between 1st century BC and 3rd century AC. It is registered as an immovable cultural property – as an archeological subject in the Automated information system “Archeological map of Bulgaria” under Registration number № 10001496.

In order for the activities to be implemented and progress to be made on the project “An open-air museum Maltepe”, on 10 June 2016, after an auction for choosing an implementer was held, the mayor of Maritsa Municipality Mr Dimitar Ivanov and the representative of “MAL TEPE 2016” signed a contract for conducting “Engineering of an object: “Archeological complex with a visitors’ building, an information center, open and covered areas for exhibitions and training archeology”, Manole area, the lands of village Manole, Maritsa Municipality. The contract for engineering costs 1 428 164.69 BGN incl. VAT and the implementation period is 180 calendar days starting from the day when the contract was signed.

Staging the area around the mound is set in the investment project. A spot for training archeology, restoration and museum practices is set up. A particular area for landfilling the earth excavated from the mound is designated in the northwest direction. A parking lot for arriving visitors will be provided and it will serve up to 15 automobiles and 2 buses.

Specific premises are provided in order the museum to be attended administratively and they serve some main goals:

  • Information centre
  • Conference hall
  • Staff premises
  • Security premises
  • Additional service premises

A hall for training practices (premises with installed technical and educational supplies, multimedia and computer devices) as well as a warehouse are provided in order to serve the goals linked to education and training in the field of history, archeology and arts.

The total floorage of the building is 790.05 sq m.

A conference hall for about 30 people is included in the project.

The following is also provided on the ground of the archeological complex: an area for open landfilling of parts of the mound; a park area – an arbour, a seating area; a depot for earth storage, areas serving the research team.

A contract was signed with “Control Invest” Ltd. on 16 May 2016 in order the control provided in the project to be exercised. The contract comes into force on the day of the opening of the construction site and will expire when the State Acceptance Commission releases a Permit for exploitation of the subject but this is due to happen before 28.02.2017.

 

 

Intense archaeological summer in Plovdiv

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The end of July began research on Nebet in Plovdiv, said the director of the Regional Archaeological Museum Assoc. Prof. Kostadin Kisyov.

Large team led by Arch. Sofia Hristova and assistants in archeology from the University of Plovdiv for a month or two will have to establish on the basis of geophysical surveys last year and current excavations several important things he said on Thursday.

In the area around the reservoir from the Middle Ages were never conducted archaeological excavations. The aim is to see if the western wall does not continue in this sector and whether there are some internal walls.If it is find these fortifications, they need maximum to be revealed so that the project, which will follow for restoration and conservation, cover the entire area of Nebet, including the eastern wall, which is now hidden by vegetation. Depending on the excavations next month will consider whether to dig the entire area.

Intense is a program of the Plovdiv archaeologists this summer. The largest part of them headed by Arch. Jeni Tankova are working of the Great Basilica. Currently clears access to that part of the basilica, which remains hidden in the stretch of the boulevard. “Princess Maria Luisa” to “Tsar Boris III Obedinitel” but already crumbling asphalt excavators and archaeologists every moment will be underway. It is expected that their work by the end of the year or early next year, after which there will be a reception committee and thus began work on conservation and restoration.

Plovdiv is a city where is rare to dig smoothly. So two archaeologists from the museum control the new construction, one of the projects is currently at the foot of Old Town and arch. Maya Martinova is constantly watching over the excavation of EVN, which routed the center pipes for heating.

On the Boulevard “Vasil Aprilov” excavation works had already stopped because of findings. In fact in such activity two years ago, excavation of foundations for a new building at the foot of Old Town, was discovered necropolis. Head of the excavation was the architect. Elena Bojinova.
It was about a Christian cemetery of 15-17 century, which were found preserved skeletons of 230 people. The last eight were taken a month ago in finishing excavation. At least eight of the funerals noticed traces of a special relationship – brick in her mouth, tied leg weights. All this talk about the so-called. “Vampires” or efforts to stop living dead rise again …

It is expected that the remains found all Christians to be buried in Central Cemetery in Plovdiv with the religious ceremony until the end of the year, has paid for them.

Among the important projects of the Regional Archaeological Museum is Maltepe mound near the village of Manole. Currently there are conducted geophysical studies of the environmental area of 30 acres, where Maritsa Municipality plans to build a project funded by the Norwegian Programme, a center for experimental archeology and cultural tourism.

First dug at the project OPEN-AIR MUSEUM “MALTEPE”

In relation to the the implementation of the project “Open Air Museum Maltepe”, financed by the program BG08 “Cultural heritage and contemporary arts” of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, Measure 1 “Restoration, renovation and preservation of cultural heritage” under contract to provide grant (CCD) № 24-10M1-45 of 28.08.2015g., we are pleased to invite you to an official ceremony associated with the first dug at the object.

The event will be held on July 27, 2016 from 9:30 to in the territory of Mound Maltepe, village of Manole, Maritsa Municipality.

The mayor of the municipality of Maritsa, Mr. Dimitar Ivanov, together with the project partners – Regional Archaeological Museum, represented by its Director Dr. Kostadin Kisyov and Regional Administration with administrative center. Plovdiv, represented by the regional governor Zdravko Dimitrov will make the first dug on the object of the project “Open Air Museum Maltepe.”

For everyone interested there is an organized transport from Maritsa Municipality to the territory of Mound Maltepe at 8:45 on 27 July 2016.
For confirmation, please contact us at: 0883 47 20 20 – Iva Lukaycheva – (Technical Assistant Project).

For any further information, we remain at your disposal,
Zdravko Danailov – Tel .: 032 / 907-811