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The treasure from Mala Pereshchepina - the most ancient relics of the Bulgarian statehood


Public lecture by Prof. Dr. Todor Chobanov on the topic "The treasure from Mala Pereshchepina - the most ancient relics of the Bulgarian statehood" The lecture analyzes the find from Mala Pereshchepina. The individual objects, groups of objects, their origin, and their purpose are examined. There is a special emphasis on power-related things - regalia, incl. scepter, patrician rings, fancy belt trimmings, etc. The connections of the Bulgarians with the Steppe Empire, Byzantium, and Iran are examined.

Associate Professor Dr. Todor Chobanov is a Bulgarian historian, and doctor of archaeology. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in "Archaeology" from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", and in 2008 he defended his doctorate on the topic "The Palace Architecture of the First Bulgarian Kingdom". In 2004-2007, he was the head of the cultural heritage inspectorate at the National Center for Museums, Galleries and Fine Art at the Ministry of Culture. From June 2007 to July 2009, he worked as an expert and a Permanent Interdepartmental Working Group member at the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor's Office. From January 2008 to July 2009, he was also an external expert at the Commission for Education, Science, Culture and Religions in the Metropolitan City Council. Deputy Minister of Culture 2009 - 2011, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education, Sports, and Tourism in Sofia Municipality (2012 - 2021).

Author of the books "The Legacy of Sassanid Persia among the Bulgarians of the Lower Danube", "The Sacred Palaces of the Bulgarian Khans", "Research on the Culture of the Old Bulgarians", "Bulgaria and Byzantium - Titans of the Cross". Lecturer in the Department of "Culture, Historical Heritage and Tourism" on the history of the Balkans, the history of Medieval Bulgaria, and municipal policies for the development of tourism.

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