Early Bulgarian Basilica To Be Excavated in Long Expected Project

March 24, 2015  (Source: http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com)

Originally reported on March. 20

An Early Christian basilica with stunning floor mosaics, also known as the Great Basilica or Bishop’s Basilica, located in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv will be excavated in a long anticipated project funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, after a deal between Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture and Plovdiv Municipality.

The upcoming excavation of the 5th century AD Bishop’s Basilica, which was discovered in 1982 by archaeologist Elena Kisyakova, has been announced after a meeting between Bulgaria’s Deputy Culture Minister in charge of archaeology, Boni Petrunova, Plovdiv Mayor Ivan Totev, and representatives of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, a U.S.-Bulgarian NGO, local news site Plovdiv24 reports.

As the remains of the Great Basilica of ancient Philipopolis, as Plovdiv was known in Roman times, are located on two properties owned separately by the central government and the local municipal authorities, the participants in the meeting have shaken hands on a tripartite agreement outlining their respective responsibilities for the major archaeology project.

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