Establishment of Archaeological Museum

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First step were the activities of collecting and transmitting to the museum in town of Dimovo of cultural monuments as an alternative to the claim that the ancient city is totally destroyed and new scientific information can not be expected. These actions were supported by the locals from the village Archar who voluntarily revealed and helped to transfer large amounts of new findings, including three new inscriptions, pottery, brick stamps of Legion VII Claudius and others.

Epigraphic exposition

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New finds are exhibited in the center of the village Archar. Thus the collection of lapidary monuments rose to 21 units. They are new source for the city's history and give invaluable scientific information.

With the rate at which increases exposition in the village Archar the monuments exposed here soon will exceed in quantity those presented in Vidin Museum and will form one of the richest collections of epigraphic and archaeological sources in Bulgaria.

Old excavations

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The archaeological excavations in Ratiaria began in 1958 under the leadership of Velizar Velkov and continue until 1991. In its took a part the archaeologists from Vidin Historical Museum, the National Archaeological Institute and Italy: Velizar Velkov, Yordanka Atanasova, Antoaneta Nikolova, Yanka Mladenova, Georgi Kuzmanov, Dario Giorgetti, Maria Bollini. Revealed and explored were the Eastern gate of the city, parts of the eastern wall, impressive building, interpreted as the residence of the Governor of the Province Dacia Ripensis. Studied architectural remains have been restored and preserved.

Twenty years later, the remains of the eastern wall and the residence of the governor are in poor condition. One of the aims of the Association "Ratiaria" is their preservation and re-conservation. Exposure of these monuments is essential to turn the site into an attractive tourist destination.

New studies

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The longtime treasure-hunter activity in Ratiaria destroyed almost entirely the archaeological layers, but also reveals the real dimension of the city. Outside of the supposed limits of the fortress in 2010-2011 began the study of the remains of monumental buildings and evidences of numerous temples and public buildings. Of particular importance is the discovery of one of the main streets of the city - decumanus maximus with east-west direction.

Ratiaria renewed studies show that 2 m below the layers destroyed by treasure hunters lying intact Roman city from the early second century. Its discovery is of great importance for Roman Archaeology in Bulgaria, and exposure to well-preserved architectural buildings and architectural facilities will quickly turn this town into an attractive tourist site.