The Two Anglo-Bulgarian Research Programmes and the Results of the Bulgarian Excavations


in The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond

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Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264027
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734908 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Two Anglo-Bulgarian Research Programmes and the Results of the Bulgarian Excavations

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In 1985, archaeologists from Bulgaria and Britain began a collaborative work with the initiation of two complementary projects. The first one was entitled ‘The Roman and late Roman city; Nicopolis ad Istrum’ (1985–1992) when the archaeological research of both teams was concentrated upon the Roman city and its late antique successor. The ‘City of Victory’ was founded by the emperor Trajan and is one of the largest archaelogical sites in the Balkans. The second programme represents a continuation and an expansion of the first and was entitled ‘The city and the village in the Roman and late Roman Empire: Nicopolis ad Istrum and nucleated settlement in its territory’ (1996–2002). It initiated work on the site of the late antique fortified settlement near the village of Dichin. Nicopolis, like the other cities in Thrace, was organized according to the Greek model, on similar lines to those found in the cities of Asia Minor. This influence is reflected in the character of the town, its plan, its agora and in its principal buildings.

Keywords: Bulgaria; Britain; Nicopolis ad Istrum; archaeological research; Trajan; archaelogical sites; Balkans; Roman Empire; Dichin; agora

Chapter.  3604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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